Senate passes patent-reform bill

President expected to sign legislation into law

Yesterday, the Senate voted 89-9 to pass legislation that will dramatically change the U.S. patent system. President Obama is expected to sign it into law.

The reform legislation revises U.S. patent law so that patents are granted to those who are the “first to file” for a patent, which is a system widely used in Europe and Asia. Currently, the U.S. has a “first to invent” patent-awarding system.

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