Thursday, September 08, 2011

Patent reform passes Senate 89-9, without amendments; fee diversion remains

H.R. 1249, the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (Patent Reform) passed the Senate 89-9, unamended.

Without the amendments, one recalls that the House version of HR 1249 is not modified to end fee diversion. Fee diversion is allowed under HR 1249. Further, the "dog ate my homework" provision of HR 1249 passes through. Another victory of special interests "passed off" as an improvement to patent law.

And, yes, Barack Obama praised this during his address to both houses of Congress on September 8, 2011.


Blogger New said...

Senator Maria Cantwell may have said it best: "This is not a patent reform bill. This is a big corporation patent give away that tramples on the rights of small inventors." It's certainly a shame that Sen. Coburn's amendment (ending fee diversion) didn't stand a chance. But considering the current political climate, I suppose it's not surprising.

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