America Invents Act to President’s Desk Next?
Around 5:45 on Thursday, H.R. 1249, as modified by a Manager’s Amendment, was passed by the House (303 to 116). Fifteen separate amendments were offered, (previously discussed here) most of which were not adopted.
As H.R. 1249 substantively differs from the text of S.23, typically a Senate conference would be conducted to reconcile the differences. However, as the major difference is the compromise relating to fee diversion, rumored to be blessed by the Senate, it is quite possible that the Senate may pass on the opportunity to reconsider the bill and summarily adopt H.R. 1249.
Patent Reform by July, could it be?