• UPDATE: America Invents Act Becomes Law, Representing Most Significant Patent Reform in 60 Years
  • September 16, 2011
  • Law Firm: Alston Bird LLP - Atlanta Office
  • On September 16, 2011, President Obama signed the America Invents Act (AIA) into law. The Act, formerly known as H.R. 1249, is the most significant patent reform legislation since the Patent Act of 1952. Previously, on March 8, 2011, the Senate passed S. 23, a somewhat different version of the AIA, by a vote of 95-5, and in June, the U.S. House of Representatives passed its own “patent reform” bill, H.R. 1249, by a similarly wide margin, 304-117. Rather than proceed to committee to reconcile the differences in the two bills, on September 6, 2011, the U.S. Senate invoked cloture on a motion to proceed with the House’s version. The following summarizes several of the more prominent provisions of the AIA and provides a brief discussion of their immediate and long-term impact.