Senate Bill Jumps to Forefront of Patent Reform Debate Introduced just last week, the Patent Act of 2015 (S.1137) will be considered by the full Senate Judiciary Committee this Thursday.  The hearing, entitled Finding Effective Solutions to Address Abusive Patent Practices, will be the starting point for possible amendments.  That said, it seem unlikely that the Bill will be altered in any material respect given the significant compromises embodied by the current draft. Competing Senate efforts, such as the Strong Act, will now fall by the way side as consensus grows around this more measured effort.