He issued this statement:
Today Congressman Bob Goodlatte, Chairman of the Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet Subcommittee, joined President Obama and other Members of Congress at the bill signing ceremony for the “America Invents Act”, the first major overhaul of our nation’s patent system in nearly 60 years. The bill signing took place at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology which is located in Alexandria, Virginia.
“It is appropriate that the bill was signed in Virginia, a leading state for technology and creativity, and at a school named for Thomas Jefferson, a great inventor and the first person in charge of our Patent Office.
The America Invents Act, which reforms our nation’s flawed patent system, is a major jobs bill. This bipartisan legislation, which passed both chambers of Congress with overwhelming support, will help encourage innovation, get Americans back to work and ultimately help grow our economy.
The last time our patent laws were significantly updated was in 1952. The nature of our economy has changed significantly since then, and it is only right that Congress review our patent laws and amend them as necessary to make sure they still work efficiently to promote progress and innovation as outlined in the U.S. Constitution.
The America Invents Act updates the patent laws so that they will more strongly encourage innovation and progress in our 21st Century economy. It ensures that the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) issues better quality patents, reins in litigation abuses and gives the PTO the resources it needs to eliminate the almost 1 million backlogged patent applications.
The legislation creates more certainty about patent rights, which will attract investment in these ideas. This will unleash further innovation in America by ensuring that more products and services come to market which will help put Americans back to work.
The America Invents Act is the kind of reform that is necessary to set America back on track toward a prosperous future.”
The American Invents Act passed the House of Representatives, with Congressman Goodlatte’s strong support, on June 23, 2011, by a vote of 304-117. It subsequently passed the Senate on September 8, 2011 by a vote of 89-9.