Patent Thicketing Provision Cut From Bill Passed By US Senate Judiciary Committee
Legislation was also revised to enable manufacturers to justify withdrawing, discontinuing or switching product for follow-on; bills restricting citizen petitions, tribal sovereign immunity also clear committee.
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Bills to reign in petitions, pay-for-delay, product hopping, and patent thickets clear House Judiciary Committee. Legislation may have better shot at enactment this time around given bipartisan support in both House and Senate Committees.