Obama's Day Ahead: The America Invents Act
September 16th, 2011
07:45 AM ET

Obama's Day Ahead: The America Invents Act

President Obama will wrap up his week by heading to a Northern Virginia high school to sign the American Invents Act. The bill, which was passed last Thursday night, is the first significant change in patent law since 1952. According to our friends at CNN Money:

At the core of both bills is a transition of the U.S. patent law from a ‘first to invent’ to a ‘first to file’ system. That would give the patent to the first applicant, rather than the first inventor. It's the standard most of the rest of the world uses, since it prevents inventors from coming out of the woodwork and laying claim to a patent. The bills also have provisions that attempt to keep patent battles out of the courts, and they allow the U.S. Patent and Trade Office to set and potentially keep its own fees. Currently, Congress sets and collects the fees, and allocates a set amount of funding to the office - which says it is woefully under-funded.

The president will travel to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia – a magnet school ranked the #1 “Gold Medal School” in the nation by US News and World Report. It draws its 1800-member student body from Fairfax County and other counties in Northern Virginia, and the school specializes in…well…science and technology.  While there President Obama will visit a classroom and see science and technology students’ projects. He’ll then make remarks at 11:10 AM.

There is no on-camera press briefing today.

Here’s the full schedule:

9:45AM THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing – Oval Office

10:45AM THE PRESIDENT visits a classroom at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

11:10AM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks and signs the America Invents Act into Law at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    All that does, is allow business to rip off the ideas of the inventors, by simply being the first to apply for a patent.

    Another bad bill from Obama, designed to rip off the idea people.

    September 16, 2011 at 8:31 am |
    • kevin

      Awww, Rick. There are still provisional applications that give 1 year of "hiding" an invention before the real application is filed. Do you think being first to invent mattered much when it's a small company vs a big multi-national? The legal battles and interference proceedings could drag on for years which of course the big company could whether much easier.

      Bad bill from Obama? Nice try with the politics. This was fairly bipartisan – it passed 89-9 in the Senate and 304-117 in the House.

      September 16, 2011 at 9:06 am |
  2. SiriusVH

    Nice retort, Kevin ... Fact-based and with supporting evidence, something people on the other side can only dream of being capable to provide 🙂

    September 16, 2011 at 10:45 am |