Conyers also questioned the bill's first-to-file provision, saying it hurts small inventors who may not have the money to file patents quickly. "As a result, the bill would permit the Patent and Trademark Office to award a patent to the first person who can win a race to the patent office regardless of who is the actual inventor," he said. "This is patently unfair to inventors."
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