By Pete Kasperowicz – Because of numerous concerns over the constitutionality of the main piece of the bill, members agreed to hold a separate debate on this issue before starting general debate on the bill.
At issue is whether changing the U.S. system from a “first-to-invent” system to a “first-inventor-to-file” system violates Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8 of the Constitution. That clause grants Congress the power to “promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.” more> http://tinyurl.com/6avxjwv
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