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.
Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidDemocrats brace for tough election year in Nevada The Memo: Biden's horizon is clouded by doubt Fight over Biden agenda looms large over Virginia governor's race 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 LeahyOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by the American Petroleum Institute — Democrats address reports that clean energy program will be axed Overnight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — Colin Powell's death highlights risks for immunocompromised On The Money — Democrats tee up Senate spending battles with GOP MORE (D-Vt.) said the bill, which attempts to speed patent
applications, is expected to create 200,000 jobs.
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.