• On February 3, 2011, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved S. 23, the Patent Reform Act of 2011, introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., on January 25, 2011. The legislation would, among other things, adopt a first-to-file rule for obtaining a patent rather than the current first-to-invent rule. The House does not yet have a companion bill. For more information, click here.