The most recent push for patent reform established competing groups supporting individual agendas. In view of current economic difficulties, however, the focus on innovation should be ever more important. By enacting the Bayh-Dole Act in 1980, the federal government invested in innovation and unlocked American industrial potential through Universities. The current reform has provisions that limit disclosure and facilitate patent challenging which increases costs to inventors and adds responsibilities to an already overloaded patent office. This article addresses a number of the proposed reforms and the effect on University innovation.
Carl E. Gulbrandsen, Stephanie Adamany, Sandra Haberny & Jason Sheasby, Patent Reform Should Not Leave Innovation Behind, 8 J. Marshall Rev. Intell. Prop. L. 328 (2009)