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Patent Reform Clears Final Hurdle--President Obama Expected To Sign America Invents Act Soon

Patent Reform cleared its final hurdle on September 8, 2011, when the Senate approved the House version of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act by a vote of 89-9, leaving only President Obama’s signature as the final step to make patent reform a reality. The President has expressed support for this legislation, and is expected to sign it … Continue reading this entry

Senate Vote Advances Patent Reform To Final Hurdle

On September 6, 2011, in its second item of business after its August break, the United States Senate approved a procedural motion to invoke “cloture” on the House patent reform bill (HR 1249).  This vote spares patent reform from any filibuster, prevents the introduction of new amendments, and sets a 30-hour limit on further debate. The … Continue reading this entry

Pressing The Patent Reform Panic Button

Rumor has it that the Senate will vote on the House Patent Reform bill (HR 1249) this week. The Senate is scheduled to vote on the procedural issue of “cloture” on the bill in its first roll call session on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at 5:30 pm. The cloture process limits further debate and precludes new … Continue reading this entry

How Will Patent Reform Solve The USPTO Backlog?

Last week, The Kojo Nnamdi Show on Washington, D.C. public radio station WAMU had two programs about patent reform. On Tuesday, there was a panel discussion on “Innovation and Patent Reform.” On Wednesday, Kojo talked with USPTO Director David Kappos about “Updating the U.S. Patent Office.” While I usually cringe when mainstream media discusses patent issues, … Continue reading this entry

Not The Patent Term Extension Fix We Need

The House patent reform bill (HR 1249) that was passed last week includes a provision that impacts the deadline for filing an application for patent term extension under 35 USC § 156 after receiving FDA approval for a patented product. Although the House provision addresses the issue before the district court in The Medicines Co. … Continue reading this entry

Patent Reform Clears Another Hurdle

It is getting harder and harder for me to not pay attention to patent reform: Yesterday, the House approved its version of Patent Reform (H.R. 1249, the America Invents Act). The next step is to reconcile the differences with the Senate version approved in March (S. 23). Perhaps the most significant difference relates to USPTO funding. … Continue reading this entry