Comment of Senator Patrick Leahy On Passage Of H.R. 1249, the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act

“Long-awaited patent reform moves one step closer to becoming law today with the House’s action on the America Invents Act.  This bill will unleash American Innovation and create good, well-paying jobs for American workers.  It is commonsense legislation that goes to the heart of our shared agenda: reinvigorating the American economy and promoting job growth.

“I commend Chairman Smith, Mr. Hoyer, and others for their work to create and pass true patent reform.  I particularly thank my friend from Vermont, Congressman Welch, for his strong support for the American Invents Act.

“The House-passed bill differs slightly from what the Senate approved overwhelmingly in March, but the core reforms are consistent.  Just as the Senate did when it passed the America Invents Act in a significant 95-5 vote, we should come together and approve this bill once again, and send it to the President’s desk to be signed into law.  America is the global leader in invention and innovation.  If we are to maintain that position, we must have a system that competes in the global marketplace.  The America Invents Act will provide the system America needs to win the future through innovation.”

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