Patent reform legislation is moving forward in Congress after judiciary committees for both the US House of Representatives and the Senate last week passed parallel versions of patent reform bills.
 
Early in the week, the House judiciary committee endorsed HR 1908, the Patent Reform Act of 2007, after amending several aspects of the bill that have drawn criticism from the university tech-transfer and biotechnology communities, but keeping several others.
 

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