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House Judiciary Committee approves HR 1249

Both the Senate-passed version and H.R. 1249 would move the U.S. patent system from a “first to invent” to a “first inventor to file” system for establishing patent application priority, thus harmonizing the system with most of the rest of the world.  Both versions would create a post-grant review system administered by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that would provide a lower-cost alternative to litigation for challenging patents on issues of patent validity, and provide greater resources to the USPTO to address the backlog of patent applications.