Congress worked for more than six years to reform U.S. patent law to enhance innovation and strengthen the nation’s economic competitiveness. Universities play a critical role in the innovation process and have a strong interest in the means by which the patent system advances this process.
On September 8, 2011, Congress voted final approval to the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (H.R. 1249), which was signed into law by President Obama on September 16. The enacted measure is Public Law 112-29.