The Coalition for Patent Fairness, a group of 45 companies from technology, financial services and manufacturing, has spent much of 2006 urging federal lawmakers to support legislation that would change the way the courts handle patent suits. Among other things, the Patent Reform Act of 2006 would award patents based on "first-to-file" instead of the existing "first-to-invent" method, and establish new standards for awarding damages. The group says it has some powerful supporters, but will it succeed?
Coalition Lobbies for Patent Legislation
September 20, 2006