Reid: Patent reform bill on agenda after recess

The Senate will take up the House's version of a bipartisan patent reform bill immediately after its summer recess in hopes of putting a bill on the president's desk before the fall.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidVirginia was a wave election, but without real change, the tide will turn again Top Lobbyists 2017: Grass roots Boehner confronted Reid after criticism from Senate floor MORE (D-Nev.) said the patent-reform bill will be the first to move after the recess, as part of a package of legislation designed to boost job creation. Reid and Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyLawmakers, celebs honor Tony Bennett with Library of Congress Gershwin Prize Dem senator jokes: 'Moment of weakness' led me to share photo comparing Trump, Obama Leahy presses Trump court nominee over LGBTQ tweets MORE (D-Vt.) said the bill, which attempts to speed patent applications, is expected to create 200,000 jobs.

Reid said he will file cloture on that Tuesday so the Senate can take up the bill immediately after reconvenes in September. The bill would switch the U.S. to a first-to-file system in line with most other industrial nations.

Leahy, the bill's sponsor, said there is bipartisan agreement with the GOP to move the bill in the Senate. House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) championed the House patent reform legislation and helped engineer a compromise after a late debate over the U.S. Patent Office keeping the fees it collects threatened to scuttle the bill.

The bill has drawn opposition from small inventors, and some provisions are controversial, such as one that would make it easier to challenge business method patents. But the legislation has wide-ranging support from industry, both parties, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the White House.