Reply briefs filed in claim and continuation rules case; administration opposes patent reformFebruary 4, 2008

Late Friday, the parties filed their reply briefs in the cases challenging the USPTO's claim and continuation rules. As with the parties' opposition filings, these briefs largely represent another repetition of the arguments raised in the parties motions for summary judgment. The motions have now been fully briefed, and the hearing on the parties' motions is scheduled for Friday, February 8 at 10:00 EST.

In addition to news on this front, the Bush administration has sent a letter to Senator Leahy regarding the Patent Reform Act of 2007 (S. 1145). While the administration supports several sections of the bill in principle, the administration does not support the bill as currently drafted, largely because of the damages apportionment portion (which has also been the most controversial). Based on this position, it seems unlikely that the Patent Reform Act of 2007 will become law in its current form, as it would be unlikely there would be sufficient votes for a veto override. As a result, look for the damages apportionment provision in the bill to be either substantially changed or scrapped during negotiations on a compromise version of the bill. Update (2/5): The final version of the Senate Judiciary Committee's report on S. 1145 can be found here. Notably, this version includes "other" and minority views of committee members, and that section in particular is worth a look. HT: Patently-O via Patent Prospector.

Click below for links to the summary judgment filings in the lawsuits challenging the USPTO's claim and continuation rules, including the newly-filed reply briefs.

Parties' motions for summary judgment

Filings relating to amici

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