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ARLINGTON, VA -- The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) applauds the Senate passage of critical patent reform legislation (S. 23), marking a significant milestone in the effort to secure the U.S. position as the worldwide leader in innovation and the jobs it produces.

Under the leadership of Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt) and Ranking Minority Member Charles Grassley (R-IA), the Senate, by a vote of 95-5, approved a strong, bipartisan bill that includes the essential patent reform features, including the adoption of a first-inventor-to-file patent system, funding for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that will bring budget predictability to this critical agency, and the creation of an ever more effective post-grant review procedure. The bill now heads to the House of Representatives, where we hope it will continue to advance expeditiously to the enactment of the most important patent legislation in nearly 60 years.

AIPLA President David Hill said "Senate passage of S. 23 is extremely encouraging. We are hopeful that patent reform will soon become a reality." AIPLA Executive Director Q Todd Dickinson said "This is an historic step towards enactment of critical reforms to our patent system. After years of deliberation, we look forward to Congress finishing this work to enact the kind of patent reform the American innovation community needs and deserves."