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HR 1907 Bars Patent Re-examination Requesters From Future Challenges

Executive Summary

Any party that requests a patent re-examination is estopped from challenging any fact determined during that process in later civil actions, under an en bloc amendment to the House patent overhaul bill (HR 1907) adopted during a House Judiciary Committee mark up May 26.

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