A Senate panel on Thursday approved a patent reform bill that brings opposing parties from the technology, pharmaceutical, and other industries closer to a compromise on the contentious issue.
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 15 to 4 to bring the Patent Reform Act before the full Senate, despite changes to the legislation opposed by one of its sponsors, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). Along with Hatch, the three other senators who voted against the legislation in its current form are Sens. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.).
The committee approved a number of changes to the legislation, … Read more