Obama signs American Invents Act in Alexandria, Virginia

Obama signs American Invents Act in Alexandria, Virginia

U.S. President Barack Obama addresses a crowd of students, teachers, business leaders and members of Congress before signing the America Invents Act at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology September 16, 2011 in Alexandria, Virginia. The act reforms patent law so to give a patent to the first applicant rather than the first inventor and allows the woefully underfunded U.S. Patent and Trade Office to set and potentially keep its own fees. UPI/Chip Somodevilla/POOL