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​WASHINGTON, DC – The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) commends the bipartisan agreement recently reached in the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding S. 515, The Patent Reform Act.  AIPLA applauds the hard work of the Committee – led by Chairman Patrick Leahy and Ranking Member Jeff Sessions, supported by particularly strong staff work – on this compromise agreement.

The bill is a significant step forward in improving U.S. patent law.  Many of its provisions, including the adoption of a first-inventor-to-file system and the expansion of post-grant review options, will aid in strengthening the system as a whole.  AIPLA particularly notes that the amendment’s provisions maintain the constructive judicial gatekeeper function for determining royalty damages, incorporate more definite standards for finding willful infringement, and aid in determining appropriate venue in patent litigation.

AIPLA Executive Director Q. Todd Dickinson stated that “As an organization whose members probably represent the broadest range of IP interests, we are very pleased with the bill’s direction.  It maintains a balanced, carefully crafted compromise recognizing the divergent interests of the U.S. patent community.” Mr. Dickinson added, “We look forward to working with the Committee and its leadership to finalize the language and help secure passage by the full Senate, and hope that the House will act swiftly as well.”

On Thursday, March 4, 2010, the U.S. Senate released details of the compromise agreement on bill S.515, which was approved by the Senate Judiciary committee in April. The legislation comes after years of hard work and discussion spanning several Congresses.

The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
The American Intellectual Property Law Association is a national bar association of approximately 16,000 members engaged in private and corporate practice, in government service, and in academia. AIPLA represents a wide and diverse spectrum of individuals, companies, and institutions involved directly or indirectly in the practice of various fields of law affecting intellectual property. Our members represent both owners and users of intellectual property, and they have a keen interest in a strong and efficient intellectual property system.