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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."
Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions April 11, 2013
Patrick Leahy, D-VT
"Mr. President, the American intellectual property system is rightly held as the global standard for promoting innovation and driving economic growth. This is particularly true of our patent system, which was recently updated and strengthened for the 21st century by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. The fundamental truth that our Founders recognized more than 200 years ago—that limited exclusive rights for inventors incentivize research and development—continues to benefit consumers and the American economy at large."
Tribute To David Kappos January 31, 2013
Patrick Leahy, D-VT
"Director Kappos played an instrumental role in the development and passage of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act—one of the few bipartisan, job-creating bills of the 112th Congress. Soon after being confirmed as Director in August 2009, he sat down to work with me and a bipartisan, bicameral group of Members to work out a consensus on patent reform legislation."

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