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Entry Title Date
Senate Career October 28, 2015
Patrick Leahy, D-VT
"We adopted price support programs for small dairy farmers. We fought for the privacy and civil liberties of all Americans. I remember supporting the Reagan-O’Neill deal to save Social Security—President Ronald Reagan and Democratic Speaker Tip O’Neill. We fought for nutrition bills to help Americans below the poverty line, joined by people like Bob Dole and George McGovern. Bipartisan—strongly bipartisan—campaign reform in McCain-Feingold. The bipartisan Leahy-Smith Act on patent reform was the first reform in 50 years. I worked with Mike Crapo from Idaho to reauthorize and greatly expand and strengthen the Violence Against Women Act."
In Appreciation Of Stephanie Y. Moore And Her Years Of Service June 9, 2014
Robert Goodlatte, R-VA
"Throughout her tenure, Stephanie consistently identified and focused on the fundamental policies implicated by legislative proposals. During her career with the Judiciary Committee, she exhibited a wide range of interests and considerable versatility in handling subjects as complex and diverse as administrative law, tax policy, privacy and civil liberties, antitrust, online commerce and piracy, trade and intellectual property. Stephanie’s tenacity, passion and no-nonsense approach won her both admirers and critics. Her intellect and determination were instrumental in committee efforts to ensure that robust standards were established to fairly compensate the victims of the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in 2010 and again the following year as she sought to balance the interests of multiple stakeholders during the drafting of and debates on the Stop Online Piracy Act. Stephanie’s ability to manage and contribute to a range of significant public policy initiatives was evident in the key role she played as the lead Democratic staffer on the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 and during passage of landmark, bipartisan legislation that included the Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks, and Coretta Scott King Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006, the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act of 2011 and the Foreign and Economic Espionage Penalty Enhancement Act of 2012."
Patent Transparency And Improvements Act November 19, 2013
Patrick Leahy, D-VT
"Madam President, the American patent system has long been the envy of the world. Two years ago, Congress took important action to update and modernize this system for the 21st century by passing the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. The Leahy-Smith act has made key improvements to the patent system, strengthening it for the long term. Unfortunately, there are bad actors who are misusing the system by unfairly targeting small businesses and others with lawsuits that are often based on low-quality patents. That is why I joined on Monday with Senator Lee, Senator Whitehouse, and Senator Klobuchar to introduce legislation that will build upon the success of the Leahy-Smith act and curb abuses by so-called patent trolls."
Obamacare November 14, 2013
Dana Rohrabacher, R-CA
"And finally, let me just note here, section 9, Improvement and Technical Corrections to the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, states it eliminates section 145 of title 35. Again, this is one of the most important things they are trying to slip through this process. This would, again—and I am repeating this because it is so important—eliminates the independent judicial review of patent applications, which has been the law of the land since 1836. A huge emasculation, a cut in the rights of people who are seeking patents, inventors, the creative people in our country. This would eliminate their right—if the Patent Office is not treating them fairly or has made a mistake—for a judicial review that has been a right of the Americans since 1836. This is horrendous."
Observing World Ip Day April 25, 2013
Patrick Leahy, D-VT
"We must also come together to streamline processes that will help innovators to fuel growth in the future. Eighteen months ago, Congress took an important step with passage of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, which modernized our patent system for the 21st century and helped harmonize our laws with systems around the world. Last December, I was pleased to expand on those improvements with passage of the Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act, which will help American inventors by simplifying and expediting the process for obtaining patent protections overseas."

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