Senate To Vote On Patent Reform Bill Post-Recess

Law360, New York (August 3, 2011, 8:53 PM EDT) -- U.S. Senators agreed Tuesday to vote on a bill that would reform the nation's patent system immediately after the legislature's summer recess and includes a provision to shift the award process from a first-to-invent to a first-to-file system.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., filed cloture on the motion to proceed to consideration of HR 1249, called the America Invents Act, which not only shifts the award process but also alters how the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is funded, creates a post-grant review system, and...
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