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The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Its promise to Spur Innovation and Create Jobs Across America.

The best way to strengthen our economy and create new jobs is to continue America's leadership in invention and innovation. Our patent system promotes the development of new technologies that spur growth and create jobs across the country.

Creating and maintaining an efficient and effective patent system is essential to summon the creative genius of independent inventors, start-ups, universities and corporations to invent, develop, and commercialize new products that benefit society. The Congress, working closely with the Coalition for 21st Century Patent Reform, achieved an historic milestone toward this end with the passage of the Leahy/Smith America Invents Act. However, significant challenges remain. Continued vigilance is essential both to ensure the faithful implementation of the America Invents Act and to protect against new challenges that confront our patent system.

Now, more than ever, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office needs the support of America's innovative community to achieve the realization of the modern, 21st Century patent system envisioned by Congress in enacting the America Invents Act. Learn more about the Act's promise and importance to American innovation and jobs and the challenges that lie ahead.