THE LEDE: The Senate voted 89-9 Thursday afternoon to approve the House version of the America Invents Act, sending the first major overhaul of the nation’s patent and trademark laws in 60 years to the president’s desk for a signature. The passage marks the culmination of a six-year campaign by supporters including a host of corporate behemoths and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to shift the United States from a first-to-invent to a first-to-file system, which they say will bring the country in line with most competing nations.... Read Full Story >>
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