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Senate Proceeding on Feb 28th, 2011 :: 2:01:40 to 2:09:05
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Orrin Hatch

2:01:40 to 2:02:00( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: amendment to the -- mr. hatch: mr. leahy: mr. president, i see the distinguished senior senator from utah opbd floor and yield to -- on the floor and yield to him. i yield to the senator from utah. mr. hatch: thank you, mr. president. the presiding officer: the senator from utah. mr. hatch: i thank the distinguished chairman of the judiciary committee.

Orrin Hatch

2:01:40 to 2:09:05( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Orrin Hatch

Orrin Hatch

2:02:01 to 2:02:22( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: he has been a wonderful leader the whole time i've been on that committee with regard to intellectual property issues. it's been a pleasure to work with him and his staff. they're good people. this is a particularly important bill. it's only the first step. once we bring it up and hopefully pass it, then the house has got to bring up their bill. and there are differences between the two, and we'll have

Orrin Hatch

2:02:23 to 2:02:43( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: to get together in a conference and resolve those differences. those who might have some angst about this particular bill, give it time. we'll be working diligently. the distinguished senator from vermont and myself and others, of course, our ranking member, senator grassley, will be working diligently to try and resolve these problems.

Orrin Hatch

2:02:44 to 2:03:04( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: ultimately hopefully we'll have a bill that everybody in this country should recognize as what needs to be done to keep us at the forefront of all technological innovation in this world. mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that re ph eu -- re

Orrin Hatch

2:03:05 to 2:03:25( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: ph eu yusell and a foreign affairs detailee in my office from the department of state. lieutenant general jason bartomy, paul la williams, a detail from the food and drug administration, and jesse baker, a detailee to the senate finance

Orrin Hatch

2:03:26 to 2:03:46( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: committee from the u.s. secret service all be granted privileges of the floor for the remainder of the first session of the 112th congress. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. hatch: thank you, mr. president. mr. president, i rise today to express my support for the pending patent reform legislation before us. as many know, several of my colleagues and i have been working together on this bill for several congresses.

Orrin Hatch

2:03:47 to 2:04:07( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: i especially want to recognize the ongoing efforts of our judiciary committee chairman, pat leahy. over the years he and i have worked tirelessly to bring about reform to our nation's patent system. i want to recognize the efforts of the ranking member chuck grassley as well as my senate colleagues who have been instrumental in forging the

Orrin Hatch

2:04:08 to 2:04:28( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: compromise before us today, which, in my opinion, is the first step in trying to arrive at a final consensus bill. similarly, no enumeration would be complete without recognizing the considerable work done by our colleagues over in the u.s. house of representatives. house judiciary committee chairman lamar smith has been a leader on patent reform for many

Orrin Hatch

2:04:29 to 2:04:50( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: years. his vision, expertise and leadership are highly respected and especially appreciated by me, by my colleagues as well and many throughout the patent community. similarly, no enumeration would be complete without recognizing the considerable work done by our colleagues in the house of representatives. house judiciary committee chairman lamar smith has been a

Orrin Hatch

2:04:51 to 2:05:12( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: leader on patent reform legislation for many years. his vision and expertise and leadership are highly respected and appreciated by me, my colleagues and many throughout the patent community. i also want to specifically acknowledge the invaluable contributions of representatives

Orrin Hatch

2:05:13 to 2:05:34( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: john conyers, howard berman, bob goodlatte and zoe lofgren over in the house. they have all been very, very effective people with regard to these very important issues. they have been stalwarts in underscoring the vital need to reform our patent system. i look forward to seeing the results of their process and working with them to complete this important task.

Orrin Hatch

2:05:35 to 2:05:56( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: they have been stall warts in underscoring the vital need to reform our patent system. most of us are very familiar with the history of pa threpbgts, but it -- patent legislation but it bears repeating we have not had meaningful reform to our system

Orrin Hatch

2:05:57 to 2:06:18( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: in well over half a century. not any meaningful reform whatsoever, even though many things have changed during these intervening years. a lot of the laws have changed, a lot of the technology has changed, a lot of innovation has occurred. i'm not going to spend my time today on a history lesson. instead i urge everyone to consider not the past but look forward to the future.

Orrin Hatch

2:06:19 to 2:06:41( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: and that future begins with examining our present. the nation's current economic situation requires that we take advantage of our ingenuity that has made america the economic envy of the world. for me, it's pretty simple. patent reform is more than words on paper. it's about jobs and the positive impact they have on our economy.

Orrin Hatch

2:06:42 to 2:07:04( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: chairman leahy understands this connection and has wisely named the bill the america invents act of 2011. while we debate this important legislation, it is crucial that we keep the creation of jobs and economic prosperity at the forefront of our thoughts. after all, patents encourage technological advancement by

Orrin Hatch

2:07:05 to 2:07:25( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: providing incentives to invest -- to invent, to invest in and to disclose new technology. now more than ever we must ensure efficiency and increase quality in the issuance of patents. this in turn will create an environment that fosters entrepreneurship and the creation of new jobs, thereby contributing to growth within

Orrin Hatch

2:07:26 to 2:07:47( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: all sectors of our economy. if you think about it, one single deployed patent has a ripple effect that works like this: the properly examined patent promptly issued by the u.s. patent and trademark office creates jobs, jobs that are dedicated to developing and

Orrin Hatch

2:07:48 to 2:08:09( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: producing new products and services. unfortunately, the current uspto backlog now exceeds 700,000 applicants. the sheer volume of patent applications not only reflects the vibrant innovative spirit that has made america a worldwide leader in science, engineering and technology, but the patent backlog also

Orrin Hatch

2:08:10 to 2:08:30( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: represents dynamic economic growth waiting to be unleashed. we cannot afford to go down this path any longer. we need to take advantage of this opportunity to expand our economy. during consideration of the american invents act, i encourage my colleagues to be mindful that legislation is

Orrin Hatch

2:08:31 to 2:08:51( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: rarely without its imperfections and we have a tremendous chance here to take much-needed action. to those who believe otherwise, rest assured my intent is to do no harm. but i want the legislative process to move forward. it is long overdue. i urge my colleagues to participate in the debate and vote upon the amendments that they think will strengthen the bill.

Orrin Hatch

2:08:52 to 2:09:06( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: there are some proposals that i believe merit serious consideration by all of us. at the end of the day the passage of this bill will update our patent system, help strengthen our economy and

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