Sens. Clash Over 1st-To-File Patent Plan

Law360, New York (March 2, 2011, 6:36 PM EST) -- The U.S. Senate clashed Wednesday over an amendment to remove provisions switching the country to a first-inventor-to-file system from patent reform legislation, as lawmakers pushed forward with votes on additional measures to overhaul the nation's patent process.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., offered the widely expected measure to strip from S. 23, the America Invents Act, an amendment that would transition the U.S. Patent Trademark Office from granting patent applications on a first-to-invent basis to a first-to-file one.

The amendment is co-sponsored by Sens. James Risch, R-Idaho;...
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