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ARLINGTON, VA -- The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) applauds the Senate passage of critical patent reform legislation (H.R. 1249), 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 action sends to the White House 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 hopefully bring budget predictability to this critical agency, and the creation of an ever more effective post-grant review procedure. With the President's signature, there will be enacted the most important patent legislation in nearly 60 years.

AIPLA President David Hill said "Senate passage of H.R. 1249 is a momentous accomplishment which promises to make long-overdue improvements to the patent system. All in all, the legislative process has proved to be extremely productive with these reforms. Despite its long gestation period, the changes made by this legislation were vigorously negotiated to an end product that will make important long-term improvements to the patent system."