Senate to vote on patent reform after recess

The full Senate will vote on comprehensive patent reform legislation after the recess, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) confirmed.

The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved the Patent Reform Act of 2011 earlier this month, which was introduced by chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), ranking member Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). Leahy has since been pressing for a floor vote on the bill.

“I am pleased that the Senate will consider the Patent Reform Act after the recess. It is a critical part of our jobs agenda. Hundreds of thousands of patent applications are stalled at the Patent and Trademark Office. Among those is the application for the next great invention," Leahy said. "Addressing the needs of the Patent and Trademark Office will unleash innovation and promote American invention, without adding a penny to the deficit."

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has made patent reform one of its top priorities for this legislative session, as have the entertainment and software industries. The Obama administration has also unveiled a series of reforms aimed at accelerating the patent process.

House Judiciary Committee Intellectual Property Subpanel chair Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) said during an interview for C-SPAN's "The Communicators" set to air 6:30 p.m. Saturday that he will take the lead on patent reform legislation for the lower chamber. Goodlatte said the House will start from scratch rather than using the Senate bill as a model.