Senators Tillis and Leahy Propose to Improve U.S. Patent Quality

Senators Tillis, a Republican, and Leahy, a Democrat, have introduced legislation in Congress designed to improve patent quality at the USPTO.  The bipartisan nature of the legislation, hopefully, means it will be quickly adopted. [I am an optimist.] Senator Tillis’ press release states: This legislation would evaluate prior and current initiatives and pilot programs relating to the quality of patents. It would evaluate the need for greater clarity in terms of what constitutes patent quality, the setting of patent quality metrics, and how the quality of work product performed by patent examiners is measured within the office. The bill would evaluate…

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