In the novel The Perfect Storm, three large storms come together to form one giant storm that mercilessly tosses fishing boats on the ocean. The fishermen try to gain control, but are powerless against the storm.

The last two years of “patent reform” have created a similar perfect storm. Taken individually, looking at the actions of Congress, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) or the U.S. Supreme Court over the last two years, each creates issues requiring the specific attention, but collectively, represent a perfect storm for individual inventors, most businesses, investors and patent attorneys, all of whom will have to work together to weather the storm.

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