After years of trying to overhaul patent law -- not significantly changed since 1952 -- the U.S. Senate is taking up the Patent Reform Act. The biggest change in the new bill is a transition from a first-to-invent application system to a first-to-file system, which is used by every other industrialized nation but opposed by independent inventors.
Congress Takes Up Major Change in Patent Law
The Associated Press
March 2, 2011