Representative Bob Goodlatte, the Chairman of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, has said that he expects to see patent reform signed into law in the near future. Following the mid-term elections, which handed control of the Senate and therefore the upper chamber’s Judiciary Committee to the Republicans, Goodlatte declared that he welcomed the opportunity to work on the proposed legislation with Senators Chuck Grassley and the Senate leader in the next Congress, Mitch McConnell. Grassley looks set to take over from Senator Leahy in heading the Judiciary Committee where reform foundered in May. “This is a bill that the Congress can pass, put on the President’s desk and see it signed into law,” Goodlatte insisted today at the Global IP Summit taking place today in Washington DC.

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