The jury is still out about how the new system is affecting companies with potentially novel inventions. But one thing is for sure: First to file is forcing inventors to be smarter and quicker about how they approach their intellectual property.
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Patent law cannot award ownership of facts of nature, or mere mental activities, or algorithms: the US Supreme Court has been unambiguous on that point for more than 150 years.
The question of just what is patentable is far too complex for Congress to handle -- especially given that even modest patent reform legislation has stalled.
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