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

Sep 8, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. ET. On Passage of the Bill in the Senate.

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 legislative change to the U.S. patent system since the Patent Act of 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

All Votes D R I
Yea 89%
 
 
 
89
47
 
40
 
2
 
Nay 9%
 
 
 
9
3
 
6
 
0
 
Not Voting 2%
 
 
 
2
1
 
1
 
0
 

Bill Passed. Simple Majority Required. Source: senate.gov.

The Yea votes represented 87% of the country’s population by apportioning each state’s population to its voting senators.

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