And then comes a patent reform

The House Committee on the Judiciary passed the Patent Reform Act of 2007 today, the first major reform to the system in decades. This is a pleasant followup story to my post yesterday criticizing the patent system.

The reform adds additional protection for inventors and marks a shift from the “first to invent” system to a “first to file,” according to a report by Ars Technica.

The act has been criticized by companies that rely on royalties from patents but receives support across the board from the technology world (and from me).

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