Monday, June 27, 2011

America Invents Act passes US House

You probably noticed that HR1249 (the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act) passed the US House of Representatives (304 to 117, 10 not voting) last Thursday. The next step is to go to a Senate/House conference committee to work out the differences with S23, which passed the Senate (95 to 5) in early March.

Groklaw has an analysis of the bill, and the key differences between HR1249 and S23:
  • First to File
  • Reexaminations/Reviews
  • False Marking
  • Prior Use Defense
  • Third Party Submissions
  • Fee Setting and Budget

1 comment:

  1. I can't be the only voter who finds it completely ridiculous that the House has stripped the least controversial provision from this bill (ending fee diversion) and passed the most contentious provisions. Without an end to fee diversion, "patent reform" is a waste, or worse.

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