Patent Act of 2005

Matthew Buchanan of Promote the Progress has assembled some source material regarding the proposed Patent Act of 2005, a surprisingly broad proposal to reform patent law. Among other significant changes, it proposes to scrap the first to invent standard in favor of a first to file standard. Other notables include imposing a rigorous duty of candor on applicants, limits on damages/injunctions and new standards for anticipating prior art. My initial cursory read suggests that there could be some merit to this proposal. Now, we need to see if it will gather any momentum.