Sen. Dianne Feinstein is breaking with her party and the Obama administration to fight a landmark change to the patent system that would move from "first to invent" to "first to file." Just as it sounds, the bill would grant a patent to the person who files for it first -- part of an effort to harmonize U.S. standards with the rest of the world.
Feinstein warned that the change would kill California's fabled gararge start-up "ecosystem," citing Apple, HP and Google. "I wouldn't trade America's record of innovation with anyone," she said.
Her opposition also puts her and Sen. Barbara Boxer on the same side of an issue as Phyllis Schlafly.
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