Appealing Beyond the Supreme Court: Patent Reform Legislation

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Jon Dudas, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP

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With litigation costs and awards significantly increasing, many are seeking answers outside of the courtroom. Controversial legislation to revamp the law of damages, challenges to patents outside the court, venue and more is held up again in Congress. If passed, the legislation could mean dramatic changes to your business model and patent strategies. Jon W. Dudas served as Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) until January 18, 2009. [1] He was nominated to the position by former President George W. Bush in March 2004 and appointed in July 2004. Dudas previously served as acting Under Secretary and Director, and Deputy Under Secretary and Deputy Director from 2002 to 2004.

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