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  • Latest Action: Sep 16, 2011 Became Public Law No: 112-29.

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  • Committee Assignment: House Committee on Judiciary - Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet

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  • This bill's most-recent vote occurred on September 08, 2011, with a roll call of 89 ayes, 9 nays, and 2 not voting.

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    • Changes the patent application system from one that awards patents to the first person to invent something to a system that awards the first person to file a patent application on an invention. It would also allow for more public feedback on applications in order to prevent bad patents, establish new rules for challenging patents, guarantee that fees from patent applications can be retained by the patent office, and more.

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      Here's a summary from OpenCongress.org: Changes the patent application system from one that awards patents to the first person to invent something to a system that awards the first person to file a patent application on an invention. It would also allow for more public feedback on applications in order to prevent bad patents, establish new rules for challenging patents, guarantee that fees from patent applications can be retained by the patent office, and more.

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    • On June 30, 2011, by airandfingers - Is it true that this bill was passed by the House without a single individual inventor testifying before the House? It seems like actual people who invent things would be a pretty important population to hear from when debating a bill about patents.

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    • On July 01, 2011, by Bi6Gimp - It seems to me that this bill will favor corporations over the small guy as he who wins the race to patent office wins? The purpose of patent law is to encourage innovation for its own sake, not to reward only the winner of the race, or the corporation with the most efficient legal staff. And the house passed this turkey?

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    • On September 17, 2011, by RexD - I completely agree. Software patents are killing innovation, especially in the free software/open source communities.

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    • Greece starts crucial talks with debt inspectors - Worldnews.com - July 27, 2012 by http://wn.com/ - After the transaction of any morning business (not to extend beyond one hour), Senate will continue consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of HR 1249, Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. At 2:30 pm, there will ...

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      As noted by http://wn.com/ on July 27, 2012, "After the transaction of any morning business (not to extend beyond one hour), Senate will continue consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of HR 1249, Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. At 2:30 pm, there will ..." (/url?q=http://article.wn.com/view/2012/07/26/Greece_starts_crucial_talks_with_debt_inspectors/&sa=U&ei=JMwUUP7_N6eC0QGW2ICACw&ved=0CDYQmAEwBQ&usg=AFQjCNHqG3mfZJv6DLtMFihlUzHlQlSHAw)
    • Greece starts crucial talks with debt inspectors - Worldnews.com - July 27, 2012 by http://wn.com/ - After the transaction of any morning business (not to extend beyond one hour), Senate will continue consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of HR 1249, Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. At 2:30 pm, there will ...

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      As noted by http://wn.com/ on July 27, 2012, "After the transaction of any morning business (not to extend beyond one hour), Senate will continue consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of HR 1249, Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. At 2:30 pm, there will ..." (/url?q=http://article.wn.com/view/2012/07/26/Greece_starts_crucial_talks_with_debt_inspectors/&sa=U&ei=csgTULmlH8afrAHix4C4BA&ved=0CDYQmAEwBQ&usg=AFQjCNHT1Ls7dGwD3jqD1w5nI56gM7WVOw)
    • Greece starts crucial talks with debt inspectors - Worldnews.com - July 27, 2012 by http://wn.com/ - After the transaction of any morning business (not to extend beyond one hour), Senate will continue consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of HR 1249, Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. At 2:30 pm, there will ...

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    Highly Rated News Articles

    • PolitiFactNH: Frank Guinta’s claim about bipartisan bills comes up a few votes short - June 24, 2012 by New Hampshire Magazine - H.R. 674, 3% Withholding Rule Repeal: 295 Republicans, 170 Democrats; passed the Senate, signed into law. H.R. 1249, the America Invents Act: 168 Republicans, 136 Democrats; passed the Senate, signed into law. H.R. 4105, Applying Countervailing Duty to ...

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      As noted by New Hampshire Magazine on June 24, 2012, "H.R. 674, 3% Withholding Rule Repeal: 295 Republicans, 170 Democrats; passed the Senate, signed into law. H.R. 1249, the America Invents Act: 168 Republicans, 136 Democrats; passed the Senate, signed into law. H.R. 4105, Applying Countervailing Duty to ..." (http://www.nh.com/news/965472-196/politifactnh-frank-guintas-claim-about-bipartisan-bills.html)
    • PolitiFactNH: Frank Guinta’s claim about bipartisan bills comes up a few votes short - June 24, 2012 by New Hampshire Magazine - H.R. 674, 3% Withholding Rule Repeal: 295 Republicans, 170 Democrats; passed the Senate, signed into law. H.R. 1249, the America Invents Act: 168 Republicans, 136 Democrats; passed the Senate, signed into law. H.R. 4105, Applying Countervailing Duty to ...

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      As noted by New Hampshire Magazine on June 24, 2012, "H.R. 674, 3% Withholding Rule Repeal: 295 Republicans, 170 Democrats; passed the Senate, signed into law. H.R. 1249, the America Invents Act: 168 Republicans, 136 Democrats; passed the Senate, signed into law. H.R. 4105, Applying Countervailing Duty to ..." (http://nh.com/news/965472-196/politifactnh-frank-guintas-claim-about-bipartisan-bills.html)
    • Is Patent Reform the Death Knell for Litigation? - June 12, 2012 by Law.com - After numerous attempts to overhaul U.S. patent reform, the America Invents Act (H.R. 1249) is U.S. federal legislation that was passed by Congress and signed by President Obama on Sept. 16, 2011. For patent attorneys, the switch from the present "first-to

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      As noted by Law.com on June 12, 2012, "After numerous attempts to overhaul U.S. patent reform, the America Invents Act (H.R. 1249) is U.S. federal legislation that was passed by Congress and signed by President Obama on Sept. 16, 2011. For patent attorneys, the switch from the present "first-to" (http://www.law.com/jsp/cc/PubArticleCC.jsp?id=1339354158103&Is_Patent_Reform_the_Death_Knell_for_Litigation)
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