S. 23 (112th): America Invents Act


Jan 25, 2011
112th Congress, 2011–2013

Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the Senate on March 8, 2011 but was never passed by the House.


Patrick Leahy

Senior Senator from Vermont



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Last Updated: Mar 8, 2011
Length: 118 pages

About the bill

Full Title

A bill to amend title 35, United States Code, to provide for patent reform.

Summary (CRS)

3/8/2011--Passed Senate amended.America Invents Act - Section2 - Amends federal patent law to define the "effective filing date" of a claimed invention as the actual filing date of the patent ... Read more >

The bill’s title was written by its sponsor.


Jan 25, 2011

This is the first step in the legislative process.

Feb 3, 2011
Reported by Committee

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Mar 8, 2011
Passed Senate

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This is a Senate bill in the United States Congress (indicated by the “S.” in “S. 23”). A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.


14 cosponsors (9D, 4R, 1I) (show)
Committee Assignments

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Mar 1, 2011 5:01 p.m.
Amendment Agreed to 97/2
Mar 1, 2011 5:29 p.m.
Motion to Table Agreed to 52/47
Mar 2, 2011 5:16 p.m.
Amendment Rejected 58/40
Mar 3, 2011 12:32 p.m.
Motion to Table Agreed to 87/13
Mar 7, 2011 6:14 p.m.
Cloture Motion Agreed to 87/3
Mar 8, 2011 5:55 p.m.
Bill Passed 95/5

Related Bills

Legislative action may be ocurring on one of these bills in lieu of or in parallel to action on this bill.

H.R. 1249 (Related)
Leahy-Smith America Invents Act

Enacted — Signed by the President
Sep 16, 2011

S. 139 (Related)
Equal Access to Tax Planning Act

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Jan 25, 2011

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