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Leahy-Smith America Invents Act September 8, 2011
Patrick Leahy, D-VT
"In March, the Senate passed its version of the America Invents Act, S. 23, by a 95-5 vote. One of the key provisions of the legislation transitions the United States patent system from a first-to-invent system to a first-inventor-to-file system. The Senate considered and rejected an amendment to strike this provision, with 87 Senators voting to retain the transition."
America Invents Act September 7, 2011
Amy Klobuchar, D-MN
"First, the America Invents Act increases the speed and certainty of a patent application process by transitioning our patent system from a first-to-invent system to a first-inventor-to-file system. This change to a first-inventor-to-file system will increase predictability by creating brighter lines to guide patent applicants and Patent Office examiners."
Executive Session September 6, 2011
Patrick Leahy, D-VT
"The House, to its credit, improved on the Senate bill in this area by including an expanded prior user right with the transition to a first-inventor-to-file system. Prior user rights are important for American manufacturing, in particular."
H.R. 1249, The “America Invents Act” July 8, 2011
Hank Johnson, D-GA
"Further, the “America Invents Act” will transition the United States from a first-to-invent system to a first-inventor-to-file system. This will bring the United States up to par with every other industrialized nation in the world. As business and competition becomes more global, patent applicants are increasingly filing patent applications in other countries for protection of their inventions. The first-to-invent filing system in the United States differs from that in other patent-issuing jurisdictions. This can cause confusion and inefficiencies for American companies and innovators."
America Invents Act June 28, 2011
Lamar Smith, R-TX
"Madam Chair, H.R. 1249 makes a significant change to the system by which patents are filed and granted in the United States. Moving to a first-inventor-to-file system will modernize and harmonize our patent system with our international trading partners. In so doing, we recognize that we are also modifying other parts of our patent system as part of this change."

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