The US Senate has passed a bill that would make "several significant changes" to US patent law, says Patent Docs' Kevin Noonan. The bill, if it passes the House, would change the US patent system so that it resembles Europe's. The main change would be from the current "first to invent" standard to a "first inventor to file" standard.

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