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New Patent Law Will Do Little To Halt The Smartphone Litigation Frenzy

"In the short term, the America Invents Act won’t reduce the amount of litigation among mobile companies and patent trolls. The final version of the law drops earlier provisions that would have reigned in the out-sized jury awards that lead many companies to settle, and it does little to eliminate the proliferation of low-quality patents (the most infamous examples are for a crustless PBJ and a method for swinging on a swing.)

Still, there are a few bright spots in a law that experts describe as the most significant change to patent law in 60 years. First, the bill allows the patent office to keep most of the fees it collects, meaning it will have more time to scrutinize patent applications. Second, the new law makes it easier to challenge patents after they are granted.

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