Twenty20

Patent reform claws its way back to life

Just when you thought it was safe to fall asleep, legislative patent reform has clawed its way back to life. Like the Terminator, Chuckie, Lazarus, Jason, and Bartolo Colon, efforts to overhaul our patent system have died a thousand deaths, only to be revived time and time again. The latest death in 2016 came at the hands of election-year dynamics that all but shut down the lawmaking agenda. That dormancy persisted this year, as the Trump administration has struggled to enact tax and health care reform at the expense of other legislative priorities. In the meantime, the Supreme Court has filled the void, issuing seminal rulings in several key patent cases.