A unanimous vote “by the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday sent comprehensive patent reform legislation to the full Senate for the third time since 2008,” according to a press release.
The Patent Reform Act is authored by Senators Pat Leahy (D-VT), Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA).
Some general information on the bill:
The Patent Reform Act makes changes to inter partes review, Patent and Trademark Office funding, and supplemental examinations. The legislation will also transition the nation’s patent system to a first-inventor-to-file system, create a first-window post-grant review process, provide certainty in damages calculations and findings of willful infringement, and includes important provisions to improve patent quality. The bill is based largely on a bill introduced in the 109th Congress by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Congressman Howard Berman (D-Calif.).