Patent Reform Act of 2007

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The Patent Reform Act of 2007 (H.R. 1908) was introduced on April 18, 2007, by Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.).[1] The bill seeks to create a "first-to-file" system for granting patents; currently, the patent goes to the inventor who can claim, and prove, he or she to had an idea first and was the first to use it for commercial purposes.[2]



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House and Senate action

On September 7, 2007, the House passed the bill by a vote of 220-175.


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Scored vote

Scorecard: Information Technology Industry Council 2007-2008 House Scorecard

Org. position: Aye

Description:

"Legislation to amend title 35, United States Code, to provide for patent reform."

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.itic.org/clientuploads/scorecards/13307_ITI_VoteGuide_FINAL.pdf)

Further action

Similar bills have been introduced in the 111th Congress. Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) introduced the Patent Reform Act of 2009 (H.R. 1260). Two versions of the Patent Reform Act of 2009 have been introduced in the Senate, S.515 by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and S.610 by Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.).[3]

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See also

  1. Patent Reform Act of 2006

References

  1. OpenCongress info page on Patent Reform Act of 2007
  2. Karen E. Klein, "If the Patent Reform Act Passes," March 23, 2007.
  3. OpenCongress info page on Patent Reform Act of 2009

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