Tag Archives: Patent Reform Act of 2011

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

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

Another Step Forward For Patent Reform

I’m still not writing about patent reform—really, I’m not! But on March 30, 2011, the House Judiciary Committee introduced its own version of a patent reform bill. Like the bill passed on March 8 in the Senate (S.23), it is called the America Invents Act. Foley & Lardner LLP has issued a Legal News Alert on the … Continue reading this entry

Patent Reform Moves One Step Forward

I’m still not writing about patent reform—really, I’m not! But on March 8, 2011, the Senate passed its patent reform bill, the America Invents Act (S.23), and on March 9, 2011, Foley & Lardner LLP issued a Legal News Alert highlighting key provisions. (If you notice my name as an author on the Alert, it’s just a … Continue reading this entry

Why I'm Not Writing About Patent Reform (Yet)

You may have heard that Senator Leahy (D-VT) introduced a patent reform bill (S.23) into the Senate last week, starting the patent reform ball rolling for the 112th Congress. Of course I think that patent reform is an important issue. I will read every word and provide an in-depth analysis when and if any patent reform … Continue reading this entry