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White House acknowledges Lilly chief's role in patent reform victory

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After six years of lawmakers engaged in bartering, quibbling and wrangling, while corporate America and the academic community waited six long decades for change, a US president is enacting an historic overhaul of the nation's patent system on 16 September. But without the keen horse-trading skills of Lilly CEO Dr John Lechleiter and his willingness to give a little, that victory may not have happened this year, a White House official acknowledged.

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