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Reid Schedules Patent Bill For Floor Debate

Senate leaders have scheduled consideration of Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy's patent reform legislation for February 28.

The Vermont Democrat pushed the bill out of the Judiciary Committee earlier this month and has pressed for its passage, calling the bill key to America's economic success.

"Innovation drives the nation's economy, and that entrepreneurial spirit can only be protected by a patent system that promotes invention and spurs new ideas," Leahy said in a statement.

On Wednesday Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and other top Democrats included the legislation in a packet of bills designed to boost innovation.

"It has been nearly 60 years since the last meaningful reforms of the nation's patent system were enacted," their agenda states. "Technological advances, improvements to manufacturing, and an evolving marketplace make it critical for the United States patent system to allow inventors and innovators to compete in the global marketplace."

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