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President Robinson Statement on Senate Passage of Patent Reform Act

President Robinson Statement on Senate Passage of Patent Reform Act

By Matthew (Matt) Stegen

We are pleased that the Senate passed the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, legislation that provides the most comprehensive revision and improvement of the nation’s patent laws since the original codification of those laws in 1952. Important reforms include awarding patents to the first inventors to file application, and a streamlined system for determining when an invention should receive a patent and when an issued patent should be upheld or invalidated.

The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act provides much needed transparency, objectivity, predictability and simplicity in our nation’s patent laws. We await the president’s signature on this important legislation.

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