Senate Defeats Feinstein Patent Reform Amendment

An amendment offered by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to the patent reform bill (America Invents Act – S. 23) has been tabled by a vote of 87-13.

The underlying legislation would change the federal patent system from “first to invent” to “first to file” in determining patent priority.

Senator Feinstein’s amendment would have gotten rid of the language making this change and maintained the existing “first to invent” system.

Some arguments for and against the system change can be found here.

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