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Patent Reform Shuffles Who Is First in Line

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Science  16 Sep 2011:
Vol. 333, Issue 6049, pp. 1559-1560
DOI: 10.1126/science.333.6049.1559

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President Barack Obama is expected to sign into law this week the first major overhaul of the U.S. patent system in nearly 60 years, marking the end of a 6-year legislative battle over how best to reduce bureaucratic delays and costly litigation. Major universities and large research-driven companies are applauding the extensive reform package, but some analysts worry that it could complicate efforts by academic scientists and smaller start-up companies to commercialize their discoveries.