- Jul 20, 2011
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- Don't harsh my zen, Jen!
"Rare display of congressional bipartisanship" - if that sentiment doesn't get old, I don't know what does.ALEXANDRIA, Virginia President Barack Obama signed into law Friday a major overhaul of the U.S. patent system, a measure designed to ease the way for inventors to bring their products to market. We cant afford to drag our feet any longer, the president said.
Passed in a rare display of congressional bipartisanship, the America Invents Act is the first significant change in patent law since 1952. It has been hailed as a milestone that would spur innovation and create jobs.
The bill is meant to ensure that the patent office, now facing a backlog of 1.2 million pending patents, has the money to expedite the application process. It now takes an average of three years to get a patent approved. More than 700,000 applications have yet to be reviewed.
Somewhere in that stack of applications could be the next technological breakthrough, the next miracle drug, Obama said. We should be making it easier and faster to turn new ideas into jobs.
Obama signs first major patent law overhaul since 1952 - Lake County News-Sun