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H.R. 3666 (116th): STRONGER Patents Act of 2019

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About the bill

How, if at all, should the American patent system for inventions be updated to the modern age?


The Leahy-Smith American Invents Act of 2011 was the most significant reform to the U.S. patent system since 1952. In the years since, however, some believe that some changes to the Leahy-Smith Act didn’t go far enough, as well as some changes that should have been included but weren’t.

Arguably the biggest change the law made was altering the U.S. from granting patents by a “first to invent” system to a “first inventor to file” system instead, as exists in most of the rest of the world.

What the legislation does

The bipartisan Support Technology and Research for Our Nation’s Growth and Economic Resilience (STRONGER) Patents Act that would make …

Sponsor and status

Steve Stivers

Sponsor. Representative for Ohio's 15th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jul 10, 2019
Length: 41 pages
Jul 10, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on July 10, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


22 Cosponsors (15 Republicans, 7 Democrats)



Jul 10, 2019

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 3666 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 3666. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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