James G. McEwen


As a result of pressures from various groups and issues surrounding the current patent system, representative Lamar Smith introduced a bill which overhauls multiple aspects of patent practice. The patent reform act is designed to please or compromise between various industry groups while at the same time invigorating the patent system. Specifically, the Patent Reform Act proposes changes to the procedures for filing application, how the applications are filed and even how patents are enforced. In addition to the major publicized changes the Patent Reform Act proposes other alterations that, while receiving less notice, have just as much practical effect. This article will discuss the changes proposed by the Patent Reform Act as well as their practical consequences.