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H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act

This was a vote to pass H.R. 1249 (112th) in the Senate.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and closely resembles previously proposed legislation in the Senate in its previous session (Patent Reform Act of 2009).

Named for its lead sponsors, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), the Act switches the U.S. patent system from a "first to invent" to a "first inventor to file" system, eliminates interference proceedings, and develops post-grant opposition. Its central provisions went into effect on September 16, 2012 and on March 16, 2013.

This summary is from Wikipedia.

Source: Wikipedia

Totals Democrats Republicans Independents
Yea 89
 
 
 
89%
47
 
40
 
2
 
Nay 9
 
 
 
9%
3
 
6
 
0
 
Not Voting 2
 
 
 
2%
1
 
1
 
0
 
Date:
Sep 8, 2011
Question:
On Passage of the Bill in the Senate
Required:
Simple Majority
Result:
Bill Passed
Source:
senate.gov

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