Full Senate Today Passes Patent Reform (America Invents Act)
By Bruce M. Wexler & David M. Conca
The U.S. Senate today passed the patent reform bill, S. 23, now named the America Invents Act. As we reported in our February 2011 Client Alert, the bill contains several important provisions impacting U.S. patent law, including adding a supplemental examination procedure that can be used to cure potential inequitable conduct, moving to a first to file system, and adding post-grant review procedures.
We mentioned in our previous alert that several amendments to S. 23 had been circulating in the Judiciary Committee, including one that would have eliminated S. 23s provisions regarding supplemental examination. We understand that several proposed amendments were again circulating during the full Senates consideration.