To amend title 35, United States Code, to provide for patent reform.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS.
(a) Short Title.--This Act may be cited as the ``Patent Reform Act of 2011''. (b) Table of Contents.--The table of contents for this Act is as follows:
Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents. Sec. 2. First inventor to file. Sec. 3. Inventor's oath or declaration. Sec. 4. Damages. Sec. 5. Post-grant review proceedings. Sec. 6. Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Sec. 7. Preissuance submissions by third parties. Sec. 8. Venue. Sec. 9. Fee setting authority. Sec. 10. Supplemental examination. Sec. 11. Residency of Federal Circuit judges. Sec. 12. Micro entity defined. Sec. 13. Funding agreements. Sec. 14. Tax strategies deemed within the prior art. Sec. 15. Best mode requirement. Sec. 16. Technical amendments. Sec. 17. Effective date; rule of construction.
SEC. 2. FIRST INVENTOR TO FILE.
(a) Definitions.--Section 100 of title 35, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following: ``(f) The term `inventor' means the individual or, if a joint invention, the individuals collectively who invented or discovered the subject matter of the invention. ``(g) The terms `joint inventor' and `coinventor' mean any 1 of the individuals who invented or discovered the subject matter of a joint invention. ``(h) The term `joint research agreement' means a written contract, grant, or cooperative agreement entered into by 2...