H.R.2795 - Patent Reform Act of 2005109th Congress (2005-2006)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Smith, Lamar [R-TX-21] (Introduced 06/08/2005)|
|Committees:||House - Judiciary|
|Latest Action:||House - 09/15/2005 Hearings Held on Issue by Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property. The Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute to H.R. 2795. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.2795 — 109th Congress (2005-2006)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (06/08/2005)
Patent Reform Act of 2005 - Revises conditions under which a patent may be obtained for an invention, including by: (1) providing for joint research agreements; (2) giving patent priority to the first filed patent application (currently, priority is given to the first invention); and (3) amending provisions related to patents internationally.
Gives an inventor a right to apply for and obtain a patent, subject to conditions and regulations. (Current law allows inventors to obtain a patent.)
Requires the Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to: (1) impose a duty of candor and good faith on individuals associated with the filing and prosecution of an application and on individuals who are parties adverse to a patent or application for patent in contested cases before USPTO; and (2) establish a special office to investigation violations of such duty.
Revises provisions regarding treble damages for willful infringement of a patent.
Allows the Director to limit the ability of patent applicants to get the benefit of the filing date of a prior-filed application.
Expands the publication of patent applications.
Revises provisions regarding the infringement defense based on prior use of the subject matter of a patent before the effective filing dates.
Sets forth procedures and requirements for opposing a patent grant.
Allows third parties to submit relevant information for inclusion in the record of a patent application.