Senate Passes Decades-Old International Patent Treaties

Law360, New York (September 24, 2012, 3:43 PM EDT) -- A pair of Clinton-era treaties aimed at helping American inventors secure foreign patent protection took another step forward Saturday as the U.S. Senate passed legislation to finally implement the long-stalled pacts.

The upper house voted in favor of S.3486, the Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act, handing the matter to the U.S. House of Representatives, where a sister bill is pending. If the House passes its version of the legislation, the two treaties — signed by President Bill Clinton and submitted to Congress in 2007 — can...
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