08.02.11

Comment Of Senator Leahy On The Senate Motion To Proceed To The America Invents Act

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid today filed cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 1249, the House-passed Leahy-Smith America Invents Act.  The Senate will vote on cloture on the motion to proceed to the bill when it returns to session in September.

“Congress is closer than ever to enacting meaningful reforms to give American inventors and innovators the 21st century patent system they need to compete in an evolving global marketplace.  The product of six years of debate, the America Invents Act will help the Patent and Trademark Office address a crippling backlog of patent applications by providing the tools and resources it needs to issue high quality patents more quickly and efficiently.  Indeed, this is a jobs bill when our economy needs it most.

“When the Senate passed the America Invents Act in March, I said the bill was not what every Senator may want, or what every stakeholder sought in the debate.  But the bill the House has passed is an important and comprehensive step forward to help unleash American innovation, create jobs, and bolster our economy.  The time has come to send the America Invents Act to the President’s desk to be signed into law.  I hope all Senators will join me, again, in passing this important bill after the August recess.”

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