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5 Key Facts About Patent Reform Act, InformationWeek

After years of hand-wringing about patent reform, the Senate approved major changes to America's patent laws Thursday with an 89-9 vote passing the America Invents Act. That sets the stage for President Obama to sign the patent overhaul into law just days after the Patent Office issued its 8 millionth patent.

Here are five key pieces included in and missing from the overhaul, and what they mean for inventors, entrepreneurs, established tech companies, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office itself.

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