S. 23 - America Invents Act

Commerce. 112th Congress (2011-2012) View bill details
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Summary:
A bill to amend title 35, United States Code, to provide for patent reform. (by CRS) 
Status:
The bill was voted on in the Senate on March 8, 2011 
Amendments:
44 proposed amendments. 8 accepted. 2 rejected. View amendments 
Senate Vote: On Passage

PASSED on March 8, 2011.

1/2 required to pass

voted YES: 95 voted NO: 5
0 voted present/not voting

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America Invents Act

S. 23 — 112th Congress (2011–2012)

Summary
A bill to amend title 35, United States Code, to provide for patent reform. (by CRS)
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Title
A bill to amend title 35, United States Code, to provide for patent reform.
Other Titles
  • Patent Reform Act of 2011
  • Patent Reform Act of 2011
  • Intellectual Property Jurisdiction Clarification Act of 2011
  • America Invents Act
  • Intellectual Property Jurisdiction Clarification Act of 2011
Sponsor
Patrick Leahy
Co-Sponsors
Subjects
  • Commerce
  • Administrative law and regulatory procedures
  • Administrative remedies
  • Advanced technology and technological innovations
  • Appropriations
  • Civil actions and liability
  • Congressional oversight
  • Department of Commerce
  • Evidence and witnesses
  • Executive agency funding and structure
  • Federal appellate courts
  • Federal district courts
  • Intellectual property
  • Judges
  • Judicial review and appeals
  • Michigan
  • Small business
  • Transportation costs
  • User charges and fees
  • Virginia
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Major Actions
Introduced1/25/2011
Referred to Committee
Amendments (44 proposed)
Passed Senate3/08/2011
Bill History
Chamber/CommitteeMotionDateResult
select this voteSenateOn the Amendment S.Amdt. 121 to S. 23 (Patent Reform Act of 2011)3/01/2011This amendment PASSED the Senate
97 voted YES 2 voted NO 1 voted present/not voting
select this voteSenateOn the Motion to Table S.Amdt. 112 to S. 23 (Patent Reform Act of 2011)3/01/2011This amendment PASSED the Senate
52 voted YES 47 voted NO 1 voted present/not voting
select this voteSenateAmendment SA 117 as modified agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.3/02/2011PASSED by voice vote
select this voteSenateAmendment SA 123 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.3/02/2011PASSED by voice vote
select this voteSenateAmendment SA 124 as modified agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.3/02/2011PASSED by voice vote
select this voteSenateOn the Amendment S.Amdt. 115 to S. 23 (Patent Reform Act of 2011)3/02/2011This amendment DID NOT PASS the Senate
58 voted YES 40 voted NO 2 voted present/not voting
select this voteSenateAmendment SA 126 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.3/03/2011PASSED by voice vote
select this voteSenateAmendment SA 142 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.3/03/2011PASSED by voice vote
select this voteSenateOn the Motion to Table S.Amdt. 133 to S. 23 (Patent Reform Act of 2011)3/03/2011This amendment PASSED the Senate
87 voted YES 13 voted NO 0 voted present/not voting
select this voteSenateAmendment SA 141 as modified agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.3/07/2011PASSED by voice vote
select this voteSenateOn the Cloture Motion S. 233/07/2011This motion PASSED the Senate
87 voted YES 3 voted NO 10 voted present/not voting
select this voteSenateAmendment SA 143 as modified agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.3/08/2011PASSED by voice vote
currently selectedSenateOn Passage of the Bill S. 233/08/2011This bill PASSED the Senate
95 voted YES 5 voted NO 0 voted present/not voting
ActionDateDescription
Introduced1/25/2011
1/25/2011Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR S130-131)
1/25/2011Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Put on a legislative calendar2/03/2011Committee on the Judiciary. Ordered to be reported with amendments favorably.
2/03/2011Committee on the Judiciary. Reported by Senator Leahy with amendments. Without written report.
Put on a legislative calendar2/03/2011Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 6.
2/28/2011Measure laid before Senate by unanimous consent.
2/28/2011The committee reported amendments were agreed to by Unanimous Consent.
2/28/2011Amendment SA 112 proposed by Senator Vitter for Senator Toomey.
2/28/2011Amendment SA 114 proposed by Senator Leahy.
2/28/2011Amendment SA 115 proposed by Senator Lee.
2/28/2011Amendment SA 116 proposed by Senator Bennet.
2/28/2011Amendment SA 117 proposed by Senator Bennet.
3/01/2011Considered by Senate.
3/01/2011Considered by Senate.
3/01/2011Amendment SA 113 proposed by Senator DeMint for Senator Vitter.
3/01/2011Amendment SA 113 was modified to be a first degree amendment by Unanimous Consent.
3/01/2011Proposed amendment SA 113 withdrawn in Senate.
3/01/2011Considered by Senate.
3/01/2011Considered by Senate.
3/01/2011Considered by Senate.
3/01/2011Considered by Senate.
3/01/2011Amendment SA 121 proposed by Senator Leahy.
3/01/2011Amendment SA 123 proposed by Senator Kirk.
3/01/2011Amendment SA 124 proposed by Senator Menendez.
select this voteVote3/01/2011On the Amendment S.Amdt. 121 to S. 23 (Patent Reform Act of 2011)
select this voteVote3/01/2011On the Motion to Table S.Amdt. 112 to S. 23 (Patent Reform Act of 2011)
3/02/2011Considered by Senate.
3/02/2011Considered by Senate.
3/02/2011Considered by Senate.
3/02/2011Considered by Senate.
3/02/2011Considered by Senate.
select this voteVote3/02/2011Amendment SA 117 as modified agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.
3/02/2011Amendment SA 121, previously agreed to, was further modified by Unanimous Consent.
3/02/2011Considered by Senate.
select this voteVote3/02/2011Amendment SA 123 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.
3/02/2011Considered by Senate.
select this voteVote3/02/2011Amendment SA 124 as modified agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.
3/02/2011Amendment SA 133 proposed by Senator Feinstein.
select this voteVote3/02/2011On the Amendment S.Amdt. 115 to S. 23 (Patent Reform Act of 2011)
3/03/2011Considered by Senate.
3/03/2011Cloture motion on the bill presented in Senate.
3/03/2011Considered by Senate.
3/03/2011Considered by Senate.
3/03/2011Amendment SA 126 proposed by Senator Stabenow.
select this voteVote3/03/2011Amendment SA 126 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
3/03/2011Considered by Senate.
3/03/2011Amendment SA 142 proposed by Senator Whitehouse for Senator Bingaman.
select this voteVote3/03/2011Amendment SA 142 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.
select this voteVote3/03/2011On the Motion to Table S.Amdt. 133 to S. 23 (Patent Reform Act of 2011)
3/07/2011Considered by Senate.
3/07/2011Considered by Senate.
3/07/2011Proposed amendment SA 114 withdrawn in Senate.
3/07/2011Considered by Senate.
3/07/2011Proposed amendment SA 116 withdrawn in Senate.
3/07/2011Amendment SA 141 proposed by Senator Reid for Senator Baucus.
select this voteVote3/07/2011Amendment SA 141 as modified agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.
3/07/2011Amendment SA 143 proposed by Senator Reid.
3/07/2011Amendment SA 152 proposed by Senator Reid to Amendment SA 143.
select this voteVote3/07/2011On the Cloture Motion S. 23
3/08/2011Considered by Senate.
3/08/2011Considered by Senate.
select this voteVote3/08/2011Amendment SA 143 as modified agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
3/08/2011Considered by Senate.
3/08/2011Proposed amendment SA 152 withdrawn in Senate.
currently selectedSenate Vote on Passage3/08/2011On Passage of the Bill S. 23
3/09/2011Received in the House.
3/09/2011Message on Senate action sent to the House.
3/09/2011Held at the desk.
NumberSponsorDate OfferedStatus
select this voteS. Amdt. 112Toomey, Patrick [R-PA]February 28, 2011Failed by roll call vote on February 28, 2011.

To require that the Government prioritize all obligations on the debt held by the public in the event that the debt limit is reached.

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S. Amdt. 113Vitter, David [R-LA]February 28, 2011Withdrawn on February 28, 2011.

To require that the Government give equal priority to payment of social security benefits and payment of all obligations on the debt held by the public in the event that the debt limit is reached.

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S. Amdt. 114Leahy, Patrick [D-VT]February 28, 2011Withdrawn on March 6, 2011.

To improve the bill.

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select this voteS. Amdt. 115Lee, Mike [R-UT]February 28, 2011Offered on February 27, 2011.

To express the sense of the Senate in support of a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

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S. Amdt. 116Bennet, Michael [D-CO]February 28, 2011Withdrawn on March 6, 2011.

To reduce the fee amounts paid by small entities requesting prioritized examination under Three-Track Examination.

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select this voteS. Amdt. 117Bennet, Michael [D-CO]February 28, 2011Passed by voice vote on March 1, 2011.

To establish additional USPTO satellite offices.

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S. Amdt. 118Bennet, Michael [D-CO]March 1, 2011Offered on February 28, 2011.

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S. Amdt. 119Bennet, Michael [D-CO]March 1, 2011Offered on February 28, 2011.

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S. Amdt. 120Kirk, Mark [R-IL]March 1, 2011Offered on February 28, 2011.

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select this voteS. Amdt. 121Leahy, Patrick [D-VT]March 1, 2011Passed by roll call vote on February 28, 2011.

To improve the bill.

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S. Amdt. 122Coons, Chris [D-DE]March 1, 2011Offered on February 28, 2011.

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select this voteS. Amdt. 123Kirk, Mark [R-IL]March 1, 2011Passed by voice vote on March 1, 2011.

To provide a fast lane for small businesses within the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to receive information and support regarding patent filing issues.

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select this voteS. Amdt. 124Menéndez, Robert [D-NJ]March 1, 2011Passed by voice vote on March 1, 2011.

To provide for prioritized examination for technologies important to American competitiveness.

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S. Amdt. 125Cardin, Benjamin [D-MD]March 1, 2011Offered on February 28, 2011.

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select this voteS. Amdt. 126Stabenow, Debbie [D-MI]March 1, 2011Passed by voice vote on March 2, 2011.

To designate the satellite office of the United States Patent and Trademark Office to be located in Detroit, Michigan as the "Elijah J. McCoy United States Patent and Trademark Office".

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S. Amdt. 127Ensign, John [R-NV]March 1, 2011Offered on February 28, 2011.

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S. Amdt. 128Franken, Alan [D-MN]March 1, 2011Offered on February 28, 2011.

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S. Amdt. 129Risch, James [R-ID]March 1, 2011Offered on February 28, 2011.

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S. Amdt. 130Risch, James [R-ID]March 1, 2011Offered on February 28, 2011.

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S. Amdt. 131Cardin, Benjamin [D-MD]March 1, 2011Offered on February 28, 2011.

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S. Amdt. 132Cardin, Benjamin [D-MD]March 1, 2011Offered on February 28, 2011.

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select this voteS. Amdt. 133Feinstein, Dianne [D-CA]March 2, 2011Failed by roll call vote on March 2, 2011.

To strike the first inventor to file requirement.

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S. Amdt. 134Rockefeller, John [D-WV]March 2, 2011Offered on March 1, 2011.

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S. Amdt. 135Collins, Susan [R-ME]March 2, 2011Offered on March 1, 2011.

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S. Amdt. 136Landrieu, Mary [D-LA]March 2, 2011Offered on March 1, 2011.

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S. Amdt. 137Landrieu, Mary [D-LA]March 2, 2011Offered on March 1, 2011.

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S. Amdt. 138Brown, Sherrod [D-OH]March 2, 2011Offered on March 1, 2011.

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S. Amdt. 139McCaskill, Claire [D-MO]March 2, 2011Offered on March 1, 2011.

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S. Amdt. 140Boxer, Barbara [D-CA]March 2, 2011Offered on March 1, 2011.

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select this voteS. Amdt. 141Baucus, Max [D-MT]March 3, 2011Passed by voice vote on March 6, 2011.

To clarify that section 14 shall not apply to an invention that is a computer program product or system used solely for preparing a tax or information return or other tax filing.

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select this voteS. Amdt. 142Bingaman, Jeff [D-NM]March 3, 2011Passed by voice vote on March 2, 2011.

To require the PTO to disclose the length of time between the commencement of each inter partes and post-grant review and the conclusion of that review.

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select this voteS. Amdt. 143Reid, Harry [D-NV]March 3, 2011Passed by voice vote on March 7, 2011.

To include public institutions of higher education in the definition of a micro entity.

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S. Amdt. 144Cantwell, Maria [D-WA]March 3, 2011Offered on March 2, 2011.

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S. Amdt. 145Cardin, Benjamin [D-MD]March 3, 2011Offered on March 2, 2011.

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S. Amdt. 146Pryor, Mark [D-AR]March 4, 2011Offered on March 3, 2011.

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S. Amdt. 147Pryor, Mark [D-AR]March 4, 2011Offered on March 3, 2011.

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S. Amdt. 148Pryor, Mark [D-AR]March 4, 2011Offered on March 3, 2011.

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S. Amdt. 150Rockefeller, John [D-WV]March 4, 2011Offered on March 3, 2011.

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S. Amdt. 151Rockefeller, John [D-WV]March 4, 2011Offered on March 3, 2011.

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S. Amdt. 152Reid, Harry [D-NV]March 7, 2011Withdrawn on March 7, 2011.

To provide an effective date.

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S. Amdt. 153Reid, Harry [D-NV]March 7, 2011Offered on March 6, 2011.

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S. Amdt. 154Baucus, Max [D-MT]March 7, 2011Offered on March 6, 2011.

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S. Amdt. 155Baucus, Max [D-MT]March 7, 2011Offered on March 6, 2011.

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S. Amdt. 156Baucus, Max [D-MT]March 7, 2011Offered on March 6, 2011.

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Average contributions given to Senators from interest groups that…

supported this bill

25% more
$2,415
$31,651
$603,370
$66,656
$38,533
$14,277
$28,094
$5,545
$12,006
$6,219
$7,518
$33,716
$24,853
$1,450
$39,387
$4,609
$930
$69,464
$3,693
$4,299
$45,077
$1,340
$18,048
YES$1,063,148
$950
$13,320
$494,927
$77,488
$24,210
$8,388
$13,370
$3,350
$6,360
$4,520
$3,850
$13,820
$7,717
$100
$68,866
$2,306
$200
$65,566
$993
$3,350
$15,045
$0
$23,650
NO$852,347

opposed this bill

$90,298
$460
$9,543
$61,809
$9,241
$104,714
$9,573
$3,878
$203,392
$3,466
$21,656
$1,056
$16,506
YES$535,593
47% less
$46,302
$0
$11,231
$30,504
$4,260
$40,596
$4,520
$1,600
$116,420
$2,446
$8,275
$300
$15,356
NO$281,810
48 Organizations Supported and 16 Opposed; See Which Ones

Organizations that took a position on
America Invents Act: On Passage of the Bill S. 23

48 organizations supported this bill

3M
undersigned organizations (2011, February 28). Interlopers and Predators: How S. 23 Protects Small Businesses. Retrieved March 3, 2011, from Patents Matter.
Air Liquide
undersigned organizations (2011, February 28). Interlopers and Predators: How S. 23 Protects Small Businesses. Retrieved March 3, 2011, from Patents Matter.
Air Products and Chemicals
Mashek, Bill (2011, March 8). America Invents Act Boosts Innovation & Jobs, Strengthens Patent System. Retrieved June 22, 2011, from Patents Matter.
American Intellectual Property Law Association
AIPLA (n.d.). Senate Judiciary Committee Approves 15-0 Patent Reform Bill. Retrieved March 3, 2011, from AIPLA.
Association of University Technology Managers
AUTM (2011, February 3). Patent Reform S. 23 Passes Senate Judiciary Committee 15-0. Retrieved February 11, 2011, from AUTM.
Baxter International
Coalition for Patent Fairness Steering Committee (2011, February 28). Coalition Letter to the Senate Voicing Concerns with S.23. Retrieved March 3, 2011, from Patent Fairness.
Beckman Coulter
Mashek, Bill (2011, March 8). America Invents Act Boosts Innovation & Jobs, Strengthens Patent System. Retrieved June 22, 2011, from Patents Matter.
Biotechnology Industry Organization
Fischer, Stephanie (2011, January 28). BIO Supports Patent Reform Act of 2011. Reuters. Retrieved January 28, 2011, from http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/01/28/idUS201656+28-Jan-2011+BW20110128.
Boston Scientific
Mashek, Bill (2011, March 8). America Invents Act Boosts Innovation & Jobs, Strengthens Patent System. Retrieved June 22, 2011, from Patents Matter.
BP Global
Mashek, Bill (2011, March 8). America Invents Act Boosts Innovation & Jobs, Strengthens Patent System. Retrieved June 22, 2011, from Patents Matter.
Bridgestone Americas
undersigned organizations (2011, February 28). Interlopers and Predators: How S. 23 Protects Small Businesses. Retrieved March 3, 2011, from Patents Matter.
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Patents Matter (2011, February 28). Interlopers and Predators: How S. 23 Protects Small Businesses. Retrieved March 3, 2011, from Patents Matter.
Cargill
undersigned organizations (2011, February 28). Interlopers and Predators: How S. 23 Protects Small Businesses. Retrieved March 3, 2011, from Patents Matter.
Caterpillar
Wyatt, Edward (2011, February 27). Senators to Debate Patent Bill. New York Times. Retrieved February 28, 2011, from http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/28/business/28patent.html?ref=politics.
CheckFree
undersigned organizations (2011, February 28). Interlopers and Predators: How S. 23 Protects Small Businesses. Retrieved March 3, 2011, from Patents Matter.
Coalition for 21st Century Patent Reform
Coalition for 21st Century Patent Reform (2011, February 28). Interlopers and Predators: How S. 23 Protects Small Businesses. Retrieved March 3, 2011, from Patents Matter.
Cummins
undersigned organizations (2011, February 28). Interlopers and Predators: How S. 23 Protects Small Businesses. Retrieved March 3, 2011, from Patents Matter.
Dow Chemical Company
Mashek, Bill (2011, March 8). America Invents Act Boosts Innovation & Jobs, Strengthens Patent System. Retrieved June 22, 2011, from Patents Matter.
DuPont
Mashek, Bill (2011, March 8). America Invents Act Boosts Innovation & Jobs, Strengthens Patent System. Retrieved June 22, 2011, from Patents Matter.
Eastman Chemical Company
Mashek, Bill (2011, March 8). America Invents Act Boosts Innovation & Jobs, Strengthens Patent System. Retrieved June 22, 2011, from Patents Matter.
Electronics for Imaging
undersigned organizations (2011, February 28). Interlopers and Predators: How S. 23 Protects Small Businesses. Retrieved March 3, 2011, from Patents Matter.
ExxonMobil
undersigned organizations (2011, February 28). Interlopers and Predators: How S. 23 Protects Small Businesses. Retrieved March 3, 2011, from Patents Matter.
General Electric
Wyatt, Edward (2011, February 27). Senators to Debate Patent Bill. New York Times. Retrieved February 28, 2011, from http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/28/business/28patent.html?ref=politics.
General Mills
Mashek, Bill (2011, March 8). America Invents Act Boosts Innovation & Jobs, Strengthens Patent System. Retrieved June 22, 2011, from Patents Matter.
Genzyme
Mashek, Bill (2011, March 8). America Invents Act Boosts Innovation & Jobs, Strengthens Patent System. Retrieved June 22, 2011, from Patents Matter.
GlaxoSmithKline
Mashek, Bill (2011, March 8). America Invents Act Boosts Innovation & Jobs, Strengthens Patent System. Retrieved June 22, 2011, from Patents Matter.
Henkel Corporation
undersigned organizations (2011, February 28). Interlopers and Predators: How S. 23 Protects Small Businesses. Retrieved March 3, 2011, from Patents Matter.
IBM
Wyatt, Edward (2011, February 27). Senators to Debate Patent Bill. New York Times. Retrieved February 28, 2011, from http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/28/business/28patent.html?ref=politics.
Illinois Tool Works
Mashek, Bill (2011, March 8). America Invents Act Boosts Innovation & Jobs, Strengthens Patent System. Retrieved June 22, 2011, from Patents Matter.
Medtronic
undersigned organizations (2011, February 28). Interlopers and Predators: How S. 23 Protects Small Businesses. Retrieved March 3, 2011, from Patents Matter.
Merck
Mashek, Bill (2011, March 8). America Invents Act Boosts Innovation & Jobs, Strengthens Patent System. Retrieved June 22, 2011, from Patents Matter.
Microsoft
Bartz, Diane (2011, February 3). Senate panel backs patent overhaul bill. Reuters. Retrieved February 3, 2011, from http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/03/us-patent-congress-idUSTRE7126RF20110203.
Millennium Pharmaceuticals
Mashek, Bill (2011, March 8). America Invents Act Boosts Innovation & Jobs, Strengthens Patent System. Retrieved June 22, 2011, from Patents Matter.
Milliken & Company
undersigned organizations (2011, February 28). Interlopers and Predators: How S. 23 Protects Small Businesses. Retrieved March 3, 2011, from Patents Matter.
Motorola
undersigned organizations (2011, February 28). Interlopers and Predators: How S. 23 Protects Small Businesses. Retrieved March 3, 2011, from Patents Matter.
Northrop Grumman
Mashek, Bill (2011, March 8). America Invents Act Boosts Innovation & Jobs, Strengthens Patent System. Retrieved June 22, 2011, from Patents Matter.
Novartis Corporation
Mashek, Bill (2011, March 8). America Invents Act Boosts Innovation & Jobs, Strengthens Patent System. Retrieved June 22, 2011, from Patents Matter.
PatentCafe
undersigned organizations (2011, February 28). Interlopers and Predators: How S. 23 Protects Small Businesses. Retrieved March 3, 2011, from Patents Matter.
PepsiCo
undersigned organizations (2011, February 28). Interlopers and Predators: How S. 23 Protects Small Businesses. Retrieved March 3, 2011, from Patents Matter.
Pfizer
Mashek, Bill (2011, March 8). America Invents Act Boosts Innovation & Jobs, Strengthens Patent System. Retrieved June 22, 2011, from Patents Matter.
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
Bartz, Diane (2011, February 3). Senate panel backs patent overhaul bill. Reuters. Retrieved February 3, 2011, from http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/03/us-patent-congress-idUSTRE7126RF20110203.
Procter & Gamble
Mashek, Bill (2011, March 8). America Invents Act Boosts Innovation & Jobs, Strengthens Patent System. Retrieved June 22, 2011, from Patents Matter.
SanDisk
Mashek, Bill (2011, March 8). America Invents Act Boosts Innovation & Jobs, Strengthens Patent System. Retrieved June 22, 2011, from Patents Matter.
Texas Instruments
Mashek, Bill (2011, March 8). America Invents Act Boosts Innovation & Jobs, Strengthens Patent System. Retrieved June 22, 2011, from Patents Matter.
United Technologies
Mashek, Bill (2011, March 8). America Invents Act Boosts Innovation & Jobs, Strengthens Patent System. Retrieved June 22, 2011, from Patents Matter.
USG Corporation
undersigned organizations (2011, February 28). Interlopers and Predators: How S. 23 Protects Small Businesses. Retrieved March 3, 2011, from Patents Matter.
Weyerhaeuser
undersigned organizations (2011, February 28). Interlopers and Predators: How S. 23 Protects Small Businesses. Retrieved March 3, 2011, from Patents Matter.
Zimmer
Mashek, Bill (2011, March 8). America Invents Act Boosts Innovation & Jobs, Strengthens Patent System. Retrieved June 22, 2011, from Patents Matter.

16 organizations opposed this bill

American Conservative Union
Josh Smith (2011, February 1). UPDATE: Conservative Groups Call On Congressional Leaders To Sink Leahy's Patent Bill. National Journal. Retrieved May 4, 2012, from http://techdailydose.nationaljournal.com/2011/02/conservative-groups-call-on-co.php.
Apple
Boliek, Brooks (2011, February 3). Patent bill hits resistance. Politico. Retrieved March 3, 2011, from http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0211/48734.html.
Christian Coalition of America
Wyatt, Edward (2011, February 27). Senators to Debate Patent Bill. New York Times. Retrieved February 28, 2011, from http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/28/business/28patent.html?ref=politics.
Computer & Communications Industry Association
Edward J. Black (2011, February 28). Re: CCIA Opposition to the Patent Reform Act of 2011 (S.23). Retrieved May 4, 2012, from CCIA Net.
Eagle Forum
Smith, Josh (2011, February 1). UPDATE: Conservative Groups Call On Congressional Leaders To Sink Leahy's Patent Bill. National Journal. Retrieved March 3, 2011, from http://techdailydose.nationaljournal.com/2011/02/conservative-groups-call-on-co.php.
Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention
Josh Smith (2011, February 1). UPDATE: Conservative Groups Call On Congressional Leaders To Sink Leahy's Patent Bill. National Journal. Retrieved May 4, 2012, from http://techdailydose.nationaljournal.com/2011/02/conservative-groups-call-on-co.php.
Financial Services Roundtable
undersigned organizations (2011, February 3). Letter to Chairman Leahy and Ranking Member Grassley. Retrieved February 11, 2011, from SIFMA.
Generic Pharmaceutical Association
Noonan, Kevin E. (2011, February 9). Reaction to Senate Patent Reform Act (S. 23). Retrieved February 11, 2011, from Patent Docs.
Gun Owners of America
Edward Wyatt (2011, February 27). Senators to Debate Patent Bill. New York Times. Retrieved May 4, 2012, from http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/28/business/28patent.html.
Independent Community Bankers of America
undersigned organizations (2011, February 9). Letter to Chairman Leahy and Ranking Member Grassley. Retrieved May 4, 2012, from The Clearing House.
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Wyatt, Edward (2011, February 27). Senators to Debate Patent Bill. New York Times. Retrieved February 28, 2011, from http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/28/business/28patent.html?ref=politics.
National Small Business Association
NSBA (2011, March 2). Senate Considering Patent Reform Bill. Retrieved May 4, 2012, from NSBA.
Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association
undersigned organizations (2011, February 9). Letter to Chairman Leahy and Ranking Member Grassley. Retrieved May 4, 2012, from The Clearing House.
The Clearing House
undersigned organizations (2011, February 9). Letter to Chairman Leahy and Ranking Member Grassley. Retrieved May 4, 2012, from The Clearing House.
U.S. Business & Industry Council
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Contributions by Legislator

Namesort iconPartyState$ From Interest Groups
That Supported
$ From Interest Groups
That Opposed
Vote
Daniel K. AkakaDHI$26,000$13,500Yes
Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$786,127$469,403Yes
Kelly AyotteRNH$514,956$522,658Yes
John BarrassoRWY$574,139$337,015Yes
Max BaucusDMT$1,396,079$658,702Yes
Mark BegichDAK$700,605$137,087Yes
Michael BennetDCO$1,755,823$811,003Yes
Jesse "Jeff" BingamanDNM$134,216$8,000Yes
Richard BlumenthalDCT$914,101$381,340Yes
Roy BluntRMO$1,422,814$1,249,981Yes
John BoozmanRAR$241,724$302,493Yes
Barbara BoxerDCA$2,522,036$386,520No
Scott BrownRMA$2,706,342$3,132,907Yes
Sherrod BrownDOH$2,657,241$370,612Yes
Richard BurrRNC$1,134,378$592,519Yes
Maria CantwellDWA$1,080,925$188,167No
Ben CardinDMD$754,730$294,806Yes
Tom CarperDDE$600,393$412,380Yes
Bob CaseyDPA$2,451,520$420,246Yes
Clarence Saxby ChamblissRGA$1,513,761$1,108,655Yes
Daniel CoatsRIN$627,172$387,758Yes
Tom CoburnROK$234,064$301,646Yes
William Thad CochranRMS$401,714$107,600Yes
Susan CollinsRME$953,080$572,206Yes
Gaylord Kent ConradDND$112,799$30,800Yes
Chris CoonsDDE$871,356$179,950Yes
Bob CorkerRTN$1,073,676$1,332,182Yes
John CornynRTX$1,778,389$1,275,612Yes
Mike CrapoRID$412,072$433,709No
Jim DeMintRSC$490,891$688,762Yes
Dick DurbinDIL$1,799,189$524,750Yes
John EnsignRNV$34,600$82,800No
Mike EnziRWY$246,750$176,899Yes
Dianne FeinsteinDCA$937,179$248,889Yes
Alan FrankenDMN$1,740,538$344,532Yes
Kirsten GillibrandDNY$5,218,867$2,310,873Yes
Lindsey GrahamRSC$1,109,246$331,392Yes
Chuck GrassleyRIA$658,587$306,276Yes
Kay HaganDNC$897,600$346,943Yes
Tom HarkinDIA$918,464$238,910Yes
Orrin HatchRUT$1,318,314$701,866Yes
John HoevenRND$316,992$224,110Yes
Kay Bailey HutchisonRTX$156,461$157,600Yes
Jim InhofeROK$520,163$349,950Yes
Dan InouyeDHI$784,710$178,724Yes
Johnny IsaksonRGA$808,290$443,875Yes
Mike JohannsRNE$356,797$371,150Yes
Ron JohnsonRWI$389,706$487,763Yes
Tim JohnsonDSD$370,161$622,532Yes
John KerryDMA$1,000,854$260,892Yes
Mark KirkRIL$1,900,697$1,891,007Yes
Amy KlobucharDMN$1,417,367$337,070Yes
Herb KohlDWI$1,000$0Yes
Jon KylRAZ$64,150$54,642Yes
Mary LandrieuDLA$2,181,675$409,029Yes
Frank LautenbergDNJ$897,966$349,400Yes
Patrick LeahyDVT$787,759$179,861Yes
Mike LeeRUT$249,051$141,612Yes
Carl LevinDMI$1,046,759$177,500Yes
Joe LiebermanICT$57,850$21,500Yes
Dick LugarRIN$678,450$182,041Yes
Joe ManchinDWV$976,746$352,566Yes
John McCainRAZ$654,226$498,874Yes
Claire McCaskillDMO$2,734,125$517,686Yes
Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$2,120,376$1,993,237Yes
Bob MenéndezDNJ$2,062,030$580,808Yes
Jeff MerkleyDOR$823,686$209,942Yes
Barbara MikulskiDMD$600,855$117,364Yes
Jerry MoranRKS$385,912$420,346Yes
Lisa MurkowskiRAK$555,176$131,428Yes
Patty MurrayDWA$1,761,153$213,344Yes
Earl "Ben" NelsonDNE$525,892$157,097Yes
Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$2,433,460$423,724Yes
Rand PaulRKY$391,738$490,999Yes
Rob PortmanROH$1,742,481$1,281,907Yes
Mark PryorDAR$866,587$305,623Yes
John "Jack" ReedDRI$528,495$370,371Yes
Harry ReidDNV$3,937,962$963,605Yes
Jim RischRID$212,100$317,853No
Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$698,525$608,399Yes
John "Jay" RockefellerDWV$864,574$272,936Yes
Marco RubioRFL$890,061$1,366,031Yes
Bernie SandersIVT$148,809$27,140Yes
Chuck SchumerDNY$2,516,263$1,671,984Yes
Jeff SessionsRAL$613,942$301,702Yes
Jeanne ShaheenDNH$861,782$246,227Yes
Richard ShelbyRAL$822,100$770,030Yes
Olympia SnoweRME$307,564$224,568Yes
Debbie StabenowDMI$1,369,772$560,039Yes
Jon TesterDMT$1,543,379$720,870Yes
John ThuneRSD$735,576$1,009,534Yes
Patrick ToomeyRPA$1,765,953$2,048,186Yes
Mark UdallDCO$1,676,376$358,365Yes
Tom UdallDNM$1,005,300$209,034Yes
David VitterRLA$925,590$614,153Yes
Mark WarnerDVA$2,233,115$1,191,801Yes
Jim WebbDVA$148,128$16,915Yes
Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$873,972$228,141Yes
Roger WickerRMS$1,176,165$604,462Yes
Ron WydenDOR$1,061,515$330,472Yes

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That Supported
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That Opposed
Vote
Daniel K. AkakaDHI$26,000$13,500Yes
Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$786,127$469,403Yes
Kelly AyotteRNH$514,956$522,658Yes
John BarrassoRWY$574,139$337,015Yes
Max BaucusDMT$1,396,079$658,702Yes
Mark BegichDAK$700,605$137,087Yes
Michael BennetDCO$1,755,823$811,003Yes
Jesse "Jeff" BingamanDNM$134,216$8,000Yes
Richard BlumenthalDCT$914,101$381,340Yes
Roy BluntRMO$1,422,814$1,249,981Yes
John BoozmanRAR$241,724$302,493Yes
Barbara BoxerDCA$2,522,036$386,520No
Scott BrownRMA$2,706,342$3,132,907Yes
Sherrod BrownDOH$2,657,241$370,612Yes
Richard BurrRNC$1,134,378$592,519Yes
Maria CantwellDWA$1,080,925$188,167No
Ben CardinDMD$754,730$294,806Yes
Tom CarperDDE$600,393$412,380Yes
Bob CaseyDPA$2,451,520$420,246Yes
Clarence Saxby ChamblissRGA$1,513,761$1,108,655Yes
Daniel CoatsRIN$627,172$387,758Yes
Tom CoburnROK$234,064$301,646Yes
William Thad CochranRMS$401,714$107,600Yes
Susan CollinsRME$953,080$572,206Yes
Gaylord Kent ConradDND$112,799$30,800Yes
Chris CoonsDDE$871,356$179,950Yes
Bob CorkerRTN$1,073,676$1,332,182Yes
John CornynRTX$1,778,389$1,275,612Yes
Mike CrapoRID$412,072$433,709No
Jim DeMintRSC$490,891$688,762Yes
Dick DurbinDIL$1,799,189$524,750Yes
John EnsignRNV$34,600$82,800No
Mike EnziRWY$246,750$176,899Yes
Dianne FeinsteinDCA$937,179$248,889Yes
Alan FrankenDMN$1,740,538$344,532Yes
Kirsten GillibrandDNY$5,218,867$2,310,873Yes
Lindsey GrahamRSC$1,109,246$331,392Yes
Chuck GrassleyRIA$658,587$306,276Yes
Kay HaganDNC$897,600$346,943Yes
Tom HarkinDIA$918,464$238,910Yes
Orrin HatchRUT$1,318,314$701,866Yes
John HoevenRND$316,992$224,110Yes
Kay Bailey HutchisonRTX$156,461$157,600Yes
Jim InhofeROK$520,163$349,950Yes
Dan InouyeDHI$784,710$178,724Yes
Johnny IsaksonRGA$808,290$443,875Yes
Mike JohannsRNE$356,797$371,150Yes
Ron JohnsonRWI$389,706$487,763Yes
Tim JohnsonDSD$370,161$622,532Yes
John KerryDMA$1,000,854$260,892Yes
Mark KirkRIL$1,900,697$1,891,007Yes
Amy KlobucharDMN$1,417,367$337,070Yes
Herb KohlDWI$1,000$0Yes
Jon KylRAZ$64,150$54,642Yes
Mary LandrieuDLA$2,181,675$409,029Yes
Frank LautenbergDNJ$897,966$349,400Yes
Patrick LeahyDVT$787,759$179,861Yes
Mike LeeRUT$249,051$141,612Yes
Carl LevinDMI$1,046,759$177,500Yes
Joe LiebermanICT$57,850$21,500Yes
Dick LugarRIN$678,450$182,041Yes
Joe ManchinDWV$976,746$352,566Yes
John McCainRAZ$654,226$498,874Yes
Claire McCaskillDMO$2,734,125$517,686Yes
Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$2,120,376$1,993,237Yes
Bob MenéndezDNJ$2,062,030$580,808Yes
Jeff MerkleyDOR$823,686$209,942Yes
Barbara MikulskiDMD$600,855$117,364Yes
Jerry MoranRKS$385,912$420,346Yes
Lisa MurkowskiRAK$555,176$131,428Yes
Patty MurrayDWA$1,761,153$213,344Yes
Earl "Ben" NelsonDNE$525,892$157,097Yes
Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$2,433,460$423,724Yes
Rand PaulRKY$391,738$490,999Yes
Rob PortmanROH$1,742,481$1,281,907Yes
Mark PryorDAR$866,587$305,623Yes
John "Jack" ReedDRI$528,495$370,371Yes
Harry ReidDNV$3,937,962$963,605Yes
Jim RischRID$212,100$317,853No
Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$698,525$608,399Yes
John "Jay" RockefellerDWV$864,574$272,936Yes
Marco RubioRFL$890,061$1,366,031Yes
Bernie SandersIVT$148,809$27,140Yes
Chuck SchumerDNY$2,516,263$1,671,984Yes
Jeff SessionsRAL$613,942$301,702Yes
Jeanne ShaheenDNH$861,782$246,227Yes
Richard ShelbyRAL$822,100$770,030Yes
Olympia SnoweRME$307,564$224,568Yes
Debbie StabenowDMI$1,369,772$560,039Yes
Jon TesterDMT$1,543,379$720,870Yes
John ThuneRSD$735,576$1,009,534Yes
Patrick ToomeyRPA$1,765,953$2,048,186Yes
Mark UdallDCO$1,676,376$358,365Yes
Tom UdallDNM$1,005,300$209,034Yes
David VitterRLA$925,590$614,153Yes
Mark WarnerDVA$2,233,115$1,191,801Yes
Jim WebbDVA$148,128$16,915Yes
Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$873,972$228,141Yes
Roger WickerRMS$1,176,165$604,462Yes
Ron WydenDOR$1,061,515$330,472Yes

Interest Groups that supported this bill

$ Donated
Attorneys & law firms$59,794,775
Pharmaceutical manufacturing$7,626,618
Business services$6,926,918
Schools & colleges$6,719,714
Defense aerospace contractors$4,357,517
Computer software$4,086,114
Medical supplies manufacturing & sales$3,781,658
Industrial/commercial equipment & materials$3,272,083
Chemicals$3,073,437
Major (multinational) oil & gas producers$2,735,747
Food and kindred products manufacturing$2,399,649
Computers, components & accessories$2,089,631
Forestry & Forest Products$1,832,777
Biotech products & research$1,398,209
Agricultural chemicals (fertilizers & pesticides)$1,172,410
Other financial services$733,427
Construction equipment$613,390
Truck/Automotive parts & accessories$543,482
Telephone & communications equipment$449,393
Household cleansers & chemicals$425,130
Food & Beverage Products and Services$355,818
Manufacturing$234,182
Household & office products$138,289
Building materials$127,281
Defense$89,376

Interest Groups that opposed this bill

$ Donated
Security brokers & investment companies$19,904,338
Commercial banks & bank holding companies$10,150,820
Republican/Conservative$8,809,800
Pharmaceutical manufacturing$7,626,618
Finance, Insurance & Real Estate$6,024,382
Banks & lending institutions$2,098,708
Computers, components & accessories$2,089,631
Cellular systems and equipment$1,644,895
Computer manufacture & services$962,733
Electrical contractors$932,016
Pro-Guns$899,208
Small business associations$376,449
Churches, clergy & religious organizations$341,458
Pro-business associations$101,863
Christian Conservative$43,700
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