Progress Continues on Patent Reform and Pro IP

Information Today, Vol. 25, No. 5, p. 17, May 2008

3 Pages Posted: 15 Jul 2010

Date Written: May 1, 2008


The 2008 fall elections encourage much Congressional work to be done quickly, but also slam some legislative proposals to a politically-sensitive halt. So it is with several intellectual property proposals that have been working their way through the committee process and are now emerging for full review.

The proposals include patent reform legislation, an act to strengthen enforcement of and penalties for copyright infringement, and possibly, orphan works legislation involving limitations on damages when a “reasonable search” was performed.

All of the proposals are likely to see Congressional action in the coming months. However, it is unknown which, if any, will be enacted. While the current status of each proposal is fairly clear, election year politics – particular in this historic Presidential election year – will soon become the 800 lb. gorilla looming over this Congressional cycle.

Keywords: Patent Reform Act, intellectual property law, patent law, legislation, infringement, copyright law, orphan works, patent trolls, compilation damages, Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act, Pro IP Act, legislative process

Suggested Citation

Pike, George H., Progress Continues on Patent Reform and Pro IP (May 1, 2008). Information Today, Vol. 25, No. 5, p. 17, May 2008, Available at SSRN:

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