05.12.09

Committee Report Filed On Patent Reform Legislation

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) filed a Committee report Tuesday to accompany the Patent Reform Act of 2009.  The patent reform legislation was ordered reported by the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 2.  If enacted, the legislation would make the first major reforms to the nation’s antiquated patent system in more than 55 years.

Leahy said, “After weeks of consideration, the Senate Judiciary Committee last month voted overwhelmingly to send critical patent reform legislation to the full Senate.  The Patent Reform Act has received broad, bipartisan support.  It is legislation that will strengthen our economy and modernize our outdated patent system, creating jobs and saving money.  The Patent Reform Act is ready for Senate consideration, and I hope the Senate leadership will schedule a vote on this important legislation as soon as possible.”

The Committee report includes legislative history and committee consideration of the legislation, a section-by-section summary of the bill, the cost estimate from the Congressional Budget Office, and additional views.

The Committee report is available online through the Judiciary Committee’s website.
 
A date has not yet been set for full Senate consideration of the legislation.
 
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