In early August, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced that the Senate will consider the House's version of a bipartisan patent reform bill immediately upon its return after Labor Day. According to Leader Reid, the bill will be the first to move after the recess as part of a package of legislation designed to boost job creation. As we discussed in an earlier report, the bill would switch the U.S. to a first-to-file patent system in line with most other industrial nations. While the bill has drawn opposition, particularly from small businesses, it has wide-ranging support from industry, both parties, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the White House and is expected to pass in the Senate and be signed by the President this fall.