By a vote of 95 to 5, the Senate last
night passed comprehensive
patent reform legislation. S.23, "The America
Invents Act" . But the path forward for passage of the measure in the House
of Representatives remains unclear.
The bill -...
Pre-1999 Patent Filings No longer Immune to Inter Partes Challenge
Back in August, I explained the import of
various effective date provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
(AIA) as they relate to current and future post grant USPTO challenges...
S.515 Refined as to New Post Grant Options
For those of you lying awake at night wondering what minor word
changes have been made in the new patent reform legislation, you may now
rest easy. Attached is a mark-up of sections 6 and 7 of S.23 relative...
the Senate agreed to a limit on debate and amendments on the House-passed
patent reform bill, H.R. 1249. The Senate will debate this bill at about
10:30 a.m. EST this morning for up to 5 hours of debate. At about 4 p.m.
EST today, the...
House to Introduce Modified Bill Early Next Week (UPDATED FRIDAY)
With the America Invents Act out of the Senate , the House is expected to introduce a slightly revised version of the bill next week. House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith ,
M. Bruce Harper
Historically, the United States
has been a first-to-invent jurisdiction. A diligent inventor that
applied for a U.S. patent might be able to assert superior rights over a
subsequent inventor, even if the subsequent...
On September 16, 2011, President Obama signed the Leahy-Smith America
Invents Act, also known as the patent reform bill. The America Invents
Act makes the most sweeping changes to U.S. patent law in years,
including moving the U.S. towards a first...
A vote on Senate amendments to the America Invents Act began
approximately 4 p.m. today.
Specifically, the Senate had roll call votes on 3 amendments, in this
To strike section 37 regarding calculation of the 60-day
period for applying...
From the US Patent and Trademark Office:
WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke yesterday issued a
letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith and Ranking
Member John Conyers outlining the views of the Obama administration...
Senate Bill Heads for Home Stretch this Week
With Senator Feinstein's amendment to strip out the first-to-file
provision now defeated, it seems that the American Invents Act is headed
for a vote this week. The cloture process invoked at the close...
The Patent Reform legislation continues to be an ongoing
issue in both the House and the Senate, but its consideration in the Senate is
being delayed by the heated debate regarding the budget and debt ceiling.
Senator Rand Paul is planning a filibuster...
American Innovation and Creates Jobs
On April 14,
2011, the House Judiciary Committee reported H.R. 1249, the "America Invents
Act," by a vote of 32-3. The Committee vote...
Debt Ceiling Raised, Job Bills On Deck
With debt ceiling Armageddon now averted in
the 11th hour (depending upon your perspective), Congress has turned
its attention to election season addressing the economy. As previously discussed, the patent...
By John E. Schneider
On September 9, 2011, the Senate approved the Leahy-Smith America
Invents Act ("the Act"), sending the bill to President Obama for
signature. The Act represents the most significant change in U.S. Patent
Patent Reform Voted Out of Committee
In yesterday's meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Patent
Reform Act of 2011 (S.23) was voted out of committee to the Senate
floor. This is the third time a patent reform bill has been moved to the...