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House To Introduce 'Similar' Patent Reform Bill This Month

The House of Representatives will introduce its own version of patent reform legislation sometime this month, said House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas.

Smith said the House legislation will be "similar" to the bill passed Tuesday night in the Senate and expressed support for many of that bill's provisions.

"Adopting a first-inventor-to-file standard creates certainty about patent ownership and makes it easier for American innovators to apply for patents around the world," he said in a statement. "The post-grant review process helps to reduce frivolous lawsuits filed by holders of weak or overbroad patents. And allowing for the third party submission of prior art helps prevent bad patents from being granted in the first place. These are just a few of the many provisions for which there is widespread support."

A variety of groups also weighed on the passage of the Senate legislation, sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. A roundup of the responses is included below.

From IBM:

"As the top U.S. patent recipient for the past 18 years, IBM believes that S. 23 will enable significant improvements to a system that has not kept pace with dramatic changes in technology and innovation over the last half century. IBM urges the House to complete its work on patent reform legislation and to act quickly to help preserve American innovation leadership and spur economic growth."

From the Coalition for 21st Century Patent Reform:

" As amended, S. 23 answers the call of American innovators because this bill will give the USPTO the tools and funding it needs to process patents in a more effective and efficient way. Accordingly, this legislation will make our nation more competitive in the global marketplace and set in place rules that will benefit the next generation of inventors."

From Innovation Alliance:

"The Innovation Alliance applauds the efforts of the Senate to date. Although we remain neutral on S. 23 as passed, we recognize that great strides have been made. We will continue to be a constructive voice in the ongoing debate, which we hope will result in the enactment of a bill the Innovation Alliance can support."

From the Coalition for Patent Fairness:

"The Senate process improved S.23 by removing the damages, venue, and willfulness provisions before the final vote; however, we continue to have concerns about the bill and could not support its passage at this time. The Coalition for Patent Fairness believes that additional changes need to be made to the bill in the House to reflect the concerns of America's leading technology innovators and job creators as they continue to drive the economic recovery."

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