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House, Senate Pass Changes to America Invents Act and Patent Term Adjustment

The Senate has passed a modified version of HR 6621, which focuses on changes “[t]o correct and improve certain provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act” and also includes other provisions unrelated to the AIA, such...more

Congress Approves Patent "Corrections and Improvements" Act, President's Signature Expected Shortly

On January 1, 2013, a bill (H.R. 6621) cleared both houses of Congress to “correct and improve certain provisions” in the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act of 2011 (AIA) and in other parts the Patent Act....more

Stripped of Controversial Provisions, Lame-Duck Patent Reform Heads to Obama's Desk

On January 1, 2013 — immediately after passing the fiscal crisis bill — the House of Representatives agreed by voice vote (at 11:13 PM) to approve the Senate's Amendments to H.R. 6621. A controversial provision that would...more

The Status Quo Reigns in Senate's Version of H.R. 6621

The Senate on Saturday passed an amended version (S. Amendment 3344) of H.R. 6621, Rep. Lamar Smith's bill "To correct and improve certain provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act and title 35, United States Code." ...more

House Passes HR 6621, Spares Pre-GATT Patents

The U.S. House of Representatives passed an amended version of HR 6621 that does not includes the provisions that could have effectively eliminated the term of any pending patent applications that were filed before June 7,...more

Congressional Misunderstandings (Apparently) Motivate H.R. 6621

The House passed H.R. 6621 last night, on a vote of 308-89 (the roll call being demanded by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher over a request for a voice vote from the bill's sponsor, Rep. Lamar Smith). The substance of the substantive...more

The Plot Thickens around H.R. 6621 -- Updated

Rep. Lamar Smith's H.R. 6621 came up for a vote today on the House floor under a suspension of the rules permitting the House to consider and vote upon the measure without debate. In contrast with Rep. Smith's (at right)...more

HR 6621 Would Add New Barriers to Patent Term Adjustment (PTA) Appeals

Although most of HR 6621 (introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith on Nov. 30, 2012) would make changes “[t]o correct and improve certain provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act,” the bill includes other provisions that are...more

Lame-Duck Patent Reform Goes Almost Entirely Unnoticed

With most lawmakers focused on the so called "fiscal cliff" during the current lame duck session of Congress, Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) has quietly once again proposed legislation to reform the United States patent...more

Pre-GATT Patent Applications Threatened by Lamar Smith's H.R. 6621

Lurking in H.R. 6621, a bill entitled "To correct and improve certain provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act and title 35, United States Code" and introduced on November 30th by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) is a...more

HR 6621 Would Torpedo Submarine Patents

HR 6621 (introduced by Representative Lamar Smith on November 30, 2012) proposes several changes “[t]o correct and improve certain provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act,” but also includes provisions that would...more

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