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U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., who sits on the Senate Small Business Committee and is a former small business owner, joined his Senate colleagues in updating the nation’s patent laws - the first such change in nearly 60 years. Enzi had the following to say after the vote:

“Every year I host an inventor’s conference in Wyoming and see firsthand how important our patent laws are in developing new small businesses, creating jobs and producing new made-in-Wyoming products.” 

“Congress has a responsibility to ensure that America has every opportunity to innovate and compete in the global marketplace - that begins with empowering our entrepreneurs. While this bill isn’t what everyone wanted, it is the product of six years of negotiation and will go the distance to protect the original work of our job creators around the country.”

The Senate approved the America Invents Act by a vote of 89 – 9. The bill will now go to the President for his signature.