Patent Reform Passes Key Senate Test Vote

Law360, New York (March 7, 2011, 7:20 PM EST) -- The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly Monday to invoke cloture and limit debate on comprehensive patent reform legislation, setting up a final vote on the bill by Wednesday.

The cloture motion for S. 23, the America Invents Act, passed by a vote of 87 to 3, blowing past the 60 votes needed to thwart a possible filibuster.

Among the senators present, only Sens. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.; Mike Crapo, R-Idaho; and James Risch, R-Idaho, voted against the motion.

The full Senate began debating the bill on Feb. 28,...
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