On September 16, 2011, President Barack Obama signed into law the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), discuss earlier at AT! here. The AIA is the first major overhaul of the U.S. patent laws in approximately 60 years.
More information on the new U.S. patent laws, which will be implemented gradually over the next 1-1/2 years, may be found at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office website here.
The Senate has voted and passed the America Invents Act of 2011 (H.R. 1249) without amendment. We are one step closer to having a new “law of the land”, as Senator Leahy termed it, with respect to patents in the United States. H.R. 1249 will now be delivered to the President’s desk, where the America Invents Act of 2011 will be signed into law.
Earlier today, the U.S. Senate voted 93-5 to end debate on the America Invents Act of 2011. A vote by the Senate to adopt the H.R. 1249 bill, which was recently approved by the U.S. House of Representatives, is now imminent. If the Senate adopts the House bill wholesale, which they appear posed to do, the bill would then go to President Obama’s desk for signing.
One thing is clear – change is coming.