Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Senate Passage Of S. 23, the America Invents Act

Today, the Senate voted 95-5 to pass S. 23, the America Invents Act.

After six years of debate and discussion, the Senate has finally acted to make the first meaningful, comprehensive reforms to the nation’s patent system in nearly 60 years.  Passage of the America Invents Act demonstrates what we can accomplish when we cast aside partisan rhetoric, and focus on working together for the American people and for our future. 

The America Invents Act will promote American innovation, create American jobs and grow America’s economy, all without spending a penny of taxpayer money.  It is commonsense legislation that will help preserve America’s position as the global leader in invention and innovation.

The year has changed since Chairman Smith and Mr. Berman introduced the first version of patent reform legislation in 2005 in the House, but the structure and guiding principles of the legislation remain the same.  Having coordinated with the leaders in the House through this process, I hope that the House will look favorably on our work and adopt this measure so that it can be sent it to the President without delay and its improvements can take effect in order to encourage American innovation and promote American invention.

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