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House Passage of Patent Reform Bill Is Important Step Forward for US Innovators, Says BSA

America Invents Act now heads into reconciliation process

WASHINGTON — June 23, 2011 —

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) today applauded passage of long-awaited patent reform legislation by the US House of Representatives. The America Invents Act (H.R. 1249) now must be reconciled with a Senate bill passed in March.

“American innovators have been waiting a long time for the country’s patent system to be modernized. Today’s vote moves us one step closer to achieving that vitally important goal,” said BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman. “Congratulations are due especially to Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith and Subcommittee Chairman Bob Goodlatte for shepherding patent reform legislation through the House. We would also like to thank Congressman Watt for his work in getting the bill reported by the Judiciary Committee and Congressman Berman for his leadership over many years in pressing for an overhaul of our patent system. BSA now looks forward to working with Members in the final stages of the legislative process to enact a balanced, consensus bill that promotes R&D investment, job creation, global competitiveness, and economic growth.”

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The Business Software Alliance ( is the leading global advocate for the software industry. It is an association of nearly 100 world-class companies that invest billions of dollars annually to create software solutions that spark the economy and improve modern life. Through international government relations, intellectual property enforcement and educational activities, BSA expands the horizons of the digital world and builds trust and confidence in the new technologies driving it forward.

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