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  • Latest Action: May 12, 2009 By Senator Leahy from Committee on the Judiciary filed written report. Report No. 111-18. Additional, Minority and Supplemental views filed.

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    • On February 12, 2010, by luckyp3616 - Let's make software patents illegal. Why buy when you can program your own? I think that the freedom to program should trump patents.

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      As noted by luckyp3616, a user on OpenCongress.org, on February 12, 2010, "Let's make software patents illegal. Why buy when you can program your own? I think that the freedom to program should trump patents."

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    • H.R.1260: Support for Survivors Act - U.S. Congress - OpenCongress - March 28, 2011 by opencongress.org - AIPR gives a voice to an important, but under-represented, constituency in the debate over the Patent Reform Act of 2009 (Senate bill S. 515 and House bill H.R. 1260) that is currently before Congress. ... Source: admin ... H.R.1260: Support for Survivors

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      As noted by opencongress.org on March 28, 2011, "AIPR gives a voice to an important, but under-represented, constituency in the debate over the Patent Reform Act of 2009 (Senate bill S. 515 and House bill H.R. 1260) that is currently before Congress. ... Source: admin ... H.R.1260: Support for Survivors " (http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-h1260/show)
    • In re LONDON AND NORTH WESTERN RAILWAY ACT, 1861. Ex parte ... - December 22, 2010 by 73 Wire - n(5) 2 D. J. & S. 515. within the terms of the Act, and what could thus be done indirectly, may be done directly. Mr. Benson Blundell, for the company:-. The case is not within the provisions of the Act; In re Partington's Trust n(1) ...

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      As noted by 73 Wire on December 22, 2010, "n(5) 2 D. J. & S. 515. within the terms of the Act, and what could thus be done indirectly, may be done directly. Mr. Benson Blundell, for the company:-. The case is not within the provisions of the Act; In re Partington's Trust n(1) ..." (http://73wire.com/england-and-wales/in-re-london-and-north-western-railway-act-1861-ex-parte-corporation-of-liverpool/)
    • Commissioner Stoll Speaks at GRIPLA Holiday Party « INVENTIVE STEP - December 07, 2010 by INVENTIVE STEP - In other news, Commissioner Stoll does not expect to see Patent Reform (particularly S. 515) pass in the lame duck congress. He is particularly concerned with fee-setting authority. This is the vital part of the legislation that the PTO ...

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      As noted by INVENTIVE STEP on December 07, 2010, "In other news, Commissioner Stoll does not expect to see Patent Reform (particularly S. 515) pass in the lame duck congress. He is particularly concerned with fee-setting authority. This is the vital part of the legislation that the PTO ..." (http://inventivestep.net/2010/12/08/commissioner-stoll-speaks-at-gripla-holiday-party/)

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    • Steve Chapman: The Incumbent Protection Racket - October 27, 2010 by Town Hall - ... ... nice way to neuter (not Tutor) our Congress Critters who still would get 1-4 million per year in perks Senate Bill (S. 515 Stalled in Pelosi's law committee since March 2010) The Senate recently announced a final compromise amendment to the Senat

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      As noted by Town Hall on October 27, 2010, "... ... nice way to neuter (not Tutor) our Congress Critters who still would get 1-4 million per year in perks Senate Bill (S. 515 Stalled in Pelosi's law committee since March 2010) The Senate recently announced a final compromise amendment to the Senat" (http://www.townhall.com/columnists/SteveChapman/2010/10/28/the_incumbent_protection_racket)
    • Portfolio - September 17, 2010 by The Clarion-Ledger - ...have written to Majority Leader Harry Reid asking him to allow the Senate to debate and vote on the Patent Reform Act of 2009 (S.515) before the end of the 111th Congress. The letter was led by Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., the

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      As noted by The Clarion-Ledger on September 17, 2010, "...have written to Majority Leader Harry Reid asking him to allow the Senate to debate and vote on the Patent Reform Act of 2009 (S.515) before the end of the 111th Congress. The letter was led by Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., the " (http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100918/BIZ/9180332/1005/RSS03)
    • PTO Director Reflects on His First Year - September 08, 2010 by Law.com - ...accomplished and put a permanent end to fee diversion, Dickinson said. A March amendment to the Patent Reform Act of 2009, S.515, sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) includes a provision that would allow the PTO to set fees. AIPLA supports the amen

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      As noted by Law.com on September 08, 2010, "...accomplished and put a permanent end to fee diversion, Dickinson said. A March amendment to the Patent Reform Act of 2009, S.515, sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) includes a provision that would allow the PTO to set fees. AIPLA supports the amen" (http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1202471809659&rss=newswire)
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