09 Sep, 2011

Patent legislation reform passed by US Senate


Yesterday, (Sept 8), the US Senate passed a patent reform bill, possibly the biggest change to the country’s patent system for years, reported the National Law Journal.

The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act seeks to would change the nation’s system from a ‘first-to-invent’ to a ‘first-to-file’ structure.

The Senate voted, 89-9 on the Bill, before which Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt) said it was the ‘first meaningful patent reform in nearly 60 years,” according to the National Law Journal.

Leahy added: “We cast aside partisan rhetoric…so Congress [could] send [President] Obama the most significant jobs bill in this congress.”

However, not everybody welcomed the legislation; Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) called it ‘a big corporate patent giveaway that tramples on the rights of small inventors’, adding: “It changes first-to-invent to first-to-file, which means if you’re a big corporation with lots of resources you will get there and get the patent.”

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