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Hype- it can be a good thing and it can be a bad thing. Too much hype may set over-blown expectations. Too little and you could setting the bar too low. When it comes to patent reforms, Republicans are looking for more of them in 2015. According to an article from LexisNexis Legal Newsroom, patent reform looks to be atop the legislative agenda for republicans.
While republican leaders have begun laying the ground work for a 2015 push for further patent reform, they have received a sub-par reception among stakeholders. In fact, many of them have been urging caution.
The landscape has changed over the last few months thanks to several key Supreme Court rulings of the on matters such as patentable subject matter, patent claim clarity, and attorneys’ fees. The wind that existed in the sails in Spring of 2014 has been taken out by case law reform. It’s joined by the continued and significant impact of the 2011 patent reform legislation.
Moving forward, any opposition to further reform would come from those that urged the changes exemplified by the America Invents Act (AIA) of 2011. A piece of advice to lawmakers – it would be wise to put your "legislation for legislation's sake" agenda aside, stop, and listen.