From the office of Sen. Barbara Mikulski:
U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) today voted in favor of proceeding with the America Invents Act. The bipartisan legislation would significantly reform America’s patent system for the first time in 60 years. This is an important step forward in Senate consideration of the bill.
“This is about jobs, jobs, jobs,” Senator Mikulski said. “Right now there are 700,000 patent applications waiting to be reviewed. That’s three years worth of American innovation and jobs that are on hold. This patent reform legislation is the first step toward passing another jobs bill. It’s a good step, but not the only step. We have many pending bills that will help create and save jobs without creating new bureaucracy, new rules or new regulations. Congress should pass bills like this one, reauthorize the FAA and return to regular order in appropriations. These are all jobs bills.”
Currently, there are 700,000 patent applications awaiting review. The America Invents Act would give the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office the tools it needs to work through that backlog and lower fees for small business applicants by up to 75 percent.