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IBM congratulates the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives for reaching a consensus on patent reform legislation today. This landmark action is an important step toward preserving American innovation leadership and stimulating economic growth.

As the leading recipient of U.S. patents for the past 18 years, IBM has supported patent reform since the moment the legislation was first introduced over five years ago. An efficient and effective patent system is vital to the American inventors and innovators who help fuel our nation’s competitiveness in the global economy.

The America Invents Act, which will become law when it is signed by President Obama, marks the most extensive and important update to the U.S patent system in nearly 60 years. This legislation balances the needs of patent system participants and will enhance the quality of patents issued by the USPTO.

Following years of deliberation and revisions, our elected officials have produced balanced, common-sense legislation that will lead to significant improvements to our patent system, which has not kept pace with dramatic changes in technology and innovation over the last half century. The patent bill is poised to usher in a variety of changes that will improve the patent system, such as:

  • Expanding rights for third parties to submit information related to published applications to a patent examiner, and establishing a post-grant review process, which will improve the quality of issued patents.
  • Increasing U.S. competitiveness by transitioning to a more objective first-inventor-to-file system, which is used throughout the rest of the world.
  • Providing fee setting authority to the USPTO, which will give it the ability to implement the new programs, address the backlog in patent applications, etc.

This patent legislation, together with the recent court decisions, puts the US patent system in a much better position to spur innovation in the 21st century.

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The U.S. House of Representatives today approved The America Invents Act, which will enhance the U.S. patent system, strengthen American competitiveness, and help generate job growth. IBM asserted its support for the House passage and urged quick adoption of the legislation.

The patent reform legislation, H.R. 1249, passed in a 304 to 117 vote.

President Obama has said he will sign the legislation into law, which will mark the most significant update to the U.S. patent system in almost 60 years.

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman, Lamar Smith, today announced a compromise on the “fee diversion” provision of The America Invents Act (H.R. 1249).

IBM supports the compromise and encourages the House of Representatives to act swiftly and approve H.R. 1249.

“We are very pleased that Chairman Lamar Smith and his colleagues today have achieved a reasonable compromise on the fee diversion provision, clearing the path for House floor consideration of the America Invents Act.  As the leading recipient of U.S. patents for 18 consecutive years, IBM strongly supports the legislation and urges speedy passage on the House floor,” said Christopher A. Padilla, vice president of Government Programs for IBM.

For the past 18 years, IBM has been the leading recipient of U.S. patents and is the largest user of the U.S. Patent Office.

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In an op-ed running on The Hill.com, IBM Senior Vice President and Director of Research, Dr. John E. Kelly III, calls for the U.S. House of Representatives to vote in support of the America Invents Act (H.R. 1249) patent reform legislation which will stimulate U.S. innovation, economic competitiveness and jobs.

Dr. Kelly’s op-ed, asserts that H.R. 1249 is important legislation that will facilitate improvements to the U.S. patent system, while balancing the needs of inventors of all sizes in all industries.

As the leading recipient of U.S. patents for 18 consecutive years, IBM understands and appreciates the importance of strong intellectual property laws, and encourages swift passage of H.R. 1249.

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IBM applauds the introduction of patent reform legislation by Lamar Smith, House Judiciary Committee chairman, and Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet Subcommittee.  The America Invents Act, H.R. 1249, will update and enhance our nation’s patent system for the first time in nearly 60 years.

If enacted, the House patent reform legislation will enable essential and significant improvements to the USPTO’s operations and protect the interests of all inventors — both big and small. The House proposal reflects the substantial work done in the House in prior Congresses and closely tracks S.23, the patent legislation recently approved by the Senate in a landslide 95-5 vote. The fact that the House and Senate are approaching consensus on patent reform confirms that landmark change and much-needed modernization of our nation’s antiquated patent system is in reach.

IBM urges the House to swiftly approve H.R. 1249 to stimulate innovation and strengthen our nation’s competitiveness in the global economy.

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