It’s that time of the year—Halloween candy is still lingering in bowls, turkey and dressing is tantalizingly close, holiday cheer abounds. While winter skies are overhead, Congress is working to strengthen the U.S. Patent system with the STRONGER Patents Act. The bill was most recently debated by the Senate Judiciary Committee’s IP Subcommittee in September and has stolen the spotlight from the Section 101 reform debate, which for the moment seems to have stalled. Much has been written about the main provisions of the STRONGER Act, such as making inter partes review (IPR) and district court standards and procedures the same. Like extra Halloween candy or Aunt Imelda’s sweet potato pone, Congress has included a number of extra goodies for patent owners that have not been widely appreciated.

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