On Monday, the Senate has overwhelmingly voted (87-3) to close debate and vote (cloture) on the America Invents Act (Patent Reform Act of 2011). Senators Leahy (NH) and Coons (DE) have worked to reject partisan amendments that would deter the Bill's passage. Votes on pending amendments and the final bill are expected Wednesday morning or (perhaps) Late Tuesday night.
Senator Coons released the following statement:
"Patent reform is an important part of making America more competitive in the global market over the long-term, helping turn more inventors into successful entrepreneurs and promoting American innovation. It will create jobs in Delaware and throughout the U.S. The bipartisan support shown in today's cloture vote demonstrates the importance of the first comprehensive reform to our nation's patent system in 60 years. I look forward to voting in support of final passage of the America Invents Act."