H.R.2795 - Patent Act of 2005

To amend title 35, United States Code, relating to the procurement, enforcement, and validity of patents. view all titles (2)

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  • Short: Patent Act of 2005 as introduced.
  • Official: To amend title 35, United States Code, relating to the procurement, enforcement, and validity of patents. as introduced.

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06/08/05
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Official Summary

Patent Reform Act of 2005 - Revises conditions under which a patent may be obtained for an invention, including by: (1) providing for joint research agreements; (2) giving patent priority to the first filed patent application (currently, priority is given to the first invention); and (3) am

Official Summary

Patent Reform Act of 2005 - Revises conditions under which a patent may be obtained for an invention, including by:
(1) providing for joint research agreements;
(2) giving patent priority to the first filed patent application (currently, priority is given to the first invention); and
(3) amending provisions related to patents internationally. Gives an inventor a right to apply for and obtain a patent, subject to conditions and regulations. (Current law allows inventors to obtain a patent.) Requires the Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to:
(1) impose a duty of candor and good faith on individuals associated with the filing and prosecution of an application and on individuals who are parties adverse to a patent or application for patent in contested cases before USPTO; and
(2) establish a special office to investigation violations of such duty. Revises provisions regarding treble damages for willful infringement of a patent. Allows the Director to limit the ability of patent applicants to get the benefit of the filing date of a prior-filed application. Expands the publication of patent applications. Revises provisions regarding the infringement defense based on prior use of the subject matter of a patent before the effective filing dates. Sets forth procedures and requirements for opposing a patent grant. Allows third parties to submit relevant information for inclusion in the record of a patent application.

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