Leahy tells colleagues to block Coburn amendment to patent reform bill

In his statement Leahy cited his long record of working to oppose fee diversion but said the issue shouldn't be allowed to derail a six-year effort that is on the cusp of fruition. 

The White House and both parties have framed patent reform as a job-creating measure, though many small entrepreneurs argue the new rules will privilege big firms with the resources to file multiple patent applications before their competition.

But many prominent industry groups and technology firms including IBM have strongly supported the bill. The firm wrote to congressional staff on Wednesday urging passage of the bill and noting it has been almost 60 years since the nation's patent laws have been significantly updated.