Welcome to Skilled in the Art. I’m Law.com IP reporter Scott Graham. Well, Day 1 of Patent Eligibility Palooza is in the books. Scholars, think tankers, two former PTO directors and a former Federal Circuit chief judge testified before the Senate Judiciary’s IP Subcommittee on proposed amendments to Section 101 (and 112) of the Patent Act. The hearing just wrapped a few hours ago so I’ve got some real quick highlights below—and there’ll be more to come as the committee leaders continue to tinker over what they’re calling “a discussion draft.” Did anything in particular jump out at you? Please email me your thoughts and follow me on Twitter.
R Street’s Charles Duan, left, and Sen. Chris Coons. (Photos by Diego Radzinschi/ALM)
Patent Eligibility Palooza Is Under Way
The Senate has lined up 45 witnesses to testify over the next week about its Section 101 proposal. “We want to know what you like, what you don’t like, and what we could do better to accomplish our shared goals,” Subcommittee Chairman Thom Tillissaid Tuesday before hearing from three flights of four witnesses each. Here are highlights from the first two panels:
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