Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is pushing Senate leaders to bring the Patent Reform Act of 2010 (S. 515), as amended March 4, 2010, to the Senate floor before the Memorial Day recess. Internet reports have Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) stating that Leahy would like Senate leaders to vote on S.515 after the Senate completes work on financial regulatory and food safety legislation.

Senator Leahy was quoted last Thursday as stating  “We need to get to issues that concern the American people, including Wall Street reform and patent reform.”

It is quite possible that in order for S. 515 to pass the Senate quickly, it may have to be included in an Omnibus Appropriations Bill needed to fund federal agencies for FY 2010.