A bill that drastically changed the United States patent system made it through the legislature without substantial debate.
Bayh-Dole? Nope. But sure sounds familiar.
House Bill 3610 passed during an all-night session of the House without even a committee hearing. When sent to the Senate, it was linked to House Bill 4278 as a conference report, which obligated the Senate to vote on these bills without amendments. The Senate passed this bill package on September 30, 1996, and the President signed it that evening.
This is the legislation that created a limitation on infringement liability for the practice of medical methods–35 USC 287(c). See Leisa Peschel, “Revisiting the Compromise of 35 U.S.C. § 287(C).”
Thus, a bill that had repeatedly failed to pass both the House and Senate made it to the President’s desk without much discussion.
Same as Bayh-Dole. What a kick.