Patent Reform Bill Clears Senate, Heads To Obama

Law360, New York (September 8, 2011, 8:48 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted 89-9 to give final approval to the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, sending the long-awaited patent reform legislation to President Barack Obama for his signature.

The bill will shift America from a first-to-invent to a first-to-file system for patent applications, give the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office the authority to set application fees and establish a post-grant review process, among other changes.

Without adding any amendments, the Senate approved the U.S. House of Representatives' version of the bill, which passed that...
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