Senate Passes Patent Overhaul In 95-5 Vote

Law360, New York (March 8, 2011, 7:42 PM EST) -- The U.S. Senate gave its near-unanimous support Tuesday to the first major overhaul of patent law in more than 50 years, voting 95-5 to approve the wide-reaching legislation and send it to the U.S. House of Representatives.

After spending more than a week amending and debating the merits of S. 23, the America Invents Act, senators gave their bipartisan backing to the final product, which chief sponsor and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said struck the "proper balance for America — for our economy,...
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