House Votes To Overhaul US Patent System

Law360, New York (June 23, 2011, 9:02 PM EDT) -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed reforms to the nation's patent system after lawmakers struck down attempts to gut the legislation of its key provisions and adopted a controversial amendment over future funding of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

After two days of debate on the House floor over a set of amendments and the legislation's constitutionality, the America Invents Act passed 304-117, with 168 Republicans and 136 Democrats voting in favor. The legislative victory follows the U.S. Senate's vote in March in...
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