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AIPLA Comments on Postponement of Senate Patent Reform Legislation


May 21, 2014, Arlington, VA -- Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) announced today that Senate Judiciary Committee has postponed consideration of S. 1720, the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act, and that he has taken it off of the Committee's agenda for the time being.

Reacting to Chairman Leahy's decision to postpone consideration of the bill, AIPLA Executive Director Q. Todd Dickinson stated:

​This shows pretty clearly that addressing these issues is more complicated than many may have thought.  The key has always been to find the right balance:  deal with truly abusive behavior, while making sure that real innovators can enforce their rights.  This is especially true for smaller inventors and entrepreneurs who may have been at greater risk in this process. 

Just as with the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, more time and broader constituent input may make for even better legislation, and we appreciate all the incredibly hard work that the Chairman, the Committee members and their staff put in on this bill to find balanced solutions to challenging concerns.

Click here​ to access Senator Leahy's press statement announcing the postponement of the Judiciary Committee action on the patent legislation.
AIPLA, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, was founded in 1897 to maintain a high standard of professional ethics, to aid in the improvement in laws relating to intellectual property and in their proper interpretation by the courts, and to provide legal education to the public and to its members on intellectual property issues. AIPLA is a national bar association constituted primarily of lawyers in private and corporate practice, in government service, and in the academic community.  
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