Senate Patent Bill Gets White House Plaudits

Cornyn, Schumer and Leahy huddle before a news conference to tout the patent bill. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

President Barack Obama wants to see a bipartisan patent overhaul reach his desk before the end of 2015, and the White House is responding favorably to the new Senate bill introduced this week.  

"The Administration applauds the introduction of balanced, bipartisan legislation in the Senate that would strengthen and modernize our nation's patent laws," Press Secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement provided to CQ Roll Call. "The Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship (PATENT) Act, introduced by a bipartisan group of members, represents an important step toward answering the President's call for common-sense legislation that will help deter abusive conduct and promote an efficient and strong patent system."