Patent Reform Act of 2009

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The Patent Reform Act of 2009(H.R. 1260) is just the latest effort to change the patent process to a "first-to-file" system. Two other bills bearing the name Patent Reform Act of 2009 are also being considered, S.515 and S.610 by Sen. John Kyl (R-Ariz.).[1]


House action

Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) introduced H.R. 1260 on March 3, 2009.[1] On April 30, a the House Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing on the bill. (To watch a video of the hearing, go here.)

Senate action

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced S.515 on March 3, 2009.

Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) introduced S.610 on March 17, 2009.


In an editorial in BusinessWeek, Sen. Leahy argued in favor of the Patent Reform Act, saying it "will establish a more efficient, streamlined patent system that will improve patent quality and limit unnecessary, counterproductive litigation costs, while making sure no party’s access to court is denied."[2]


In an editorial in BusinessWeek, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) argued against the Patent Reform Act, saying it "is not reform, but instead changes the law to benefit a narrow sector of the electronics industry, and trial lawyers."[3]

Articles and resources

See also

  1. Patent Reform Act of 2006
  2. Patent Reform Act of 2007


  1. 1.0 1.1 OpenCongress info page on Patent Reform Act of 2009
  2. Sen. Patrick Leahy, "Pass the Patent Reform Act: Pro - Give ingenuity freer rein," BusinessWeek, April 29, 2009
  3. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, "Pass the Patent Reform Act: Con - The change would undermine fairness," BusinessWeek, April 29, 2009

External resources

External articles

  1. Grant Gross, "Patent reform bill meets opposition during hearing," The Industry Standard, April 30, 2009.