New Patent Law Reform Bill Introduced in the Senate
By Bruce M. Wexler and Jason T. Christiansen
Revised bipartisan legislation (available
The bill contains a provision directed toward inequitable conduct reform the addition of a supplemental examination process. We understand that Senator Hatch has been a proponent of inequitable conduct reform. The supplemental examination process allows a patent owner to submit post-grant additional information (not limited to patents and printed publications) believed to be relevant to a patent and the PTO will consider whether that information raises a substantial new question of patentability warranting reexamination.