Summary of the House and Senate Patent Reform Bills

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Similar patent reform bills have been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate that would change the U.S. patent system from “first to invent” to “first to file.”

The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate recently passed long-awaited patent reform bills, the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act and America Invents Act, respectively. The bills are similar in major aspects, with several minor differences.

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