Obama signs patent reform bill
September 16th, 2011
12:39 PM ET
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Obama signs patent reform bill

(CNN) – President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday that will overhaul the U.S. patent system for the first time since 1952.

"We have to do everything we can to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit wherever we find it," Obama said at a signing ceremony at a high school in Arlington, Virginia. This measure "cuts away the red tape that slows down our inventors and entrepreneurs."

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  1. As GM goes, so goes the country...Unions/Democrats killed GM, now they are killing the country

    This measure "cuts away the red tape that slows down our inventors and entrepreneurs."
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    Right....sure.... except the other BS legislation you and the Democrats pased ADDED thousands of new rules and regulations which slows down our inventors and entrepreneurs. This clown needs to go, along with all his "progressive"/Democrat/socialist/communist buddies. ONLY THEN will this country break out of its government induced coma.

    September 16, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  2. Kevin in Atlanta

    Wondering how Republicans will call this a "job killing bill".

    September 16, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    "Right....sure.... except the other BS legislation you and the Democrats pased ADDED thousands of new rules and regulations which slows down our inventors and entrepreneurs."
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    You do realize that the bill actually does reduce the amount of red tape?

    You do realize that if he is signing the bill then that means it has already met the approval of the self-appointed gods of legislation, the House Tea Party Caucus.

    Do you realize that we can see that you don't think about what you write? What you write seems to meet only one criteria, that being you are against anything that President Obama says and does. What if he signed a bill giving you $1M to start a business, would you be against that?

    September 16, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. Len

    We need to get rid of all the racists and war mongers of this country.

    September 16, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "Right....sure.... except the other BS legislation you and the Democrats pased ADDED thousands of new rules and regulations which slows down our inventors and entrepreneurs."

    Except they really didn't and that's just a baseless exaggerated talking point spouted by the GOP to overstate the case and demagogue what their corporate puppet-master lobbyists are paying them to demagogue.

    September 16, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  6. Woman In California

    Why is this Clinton woman at the TOP of the Ticker if the Ticker is closed? Well since she is I might as well comment on it. I did not nor would I ever vote for a Clinton. It's true she would probably have done a better job than our current president but that's only because THERE WOULD BE NO TEA PARTY. End of story.

    September 16, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  7. gt

    Hey man, for once please say thank you and good job President Obama. :)

    September 16, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  8. Mary

    ""We have to do everything we can to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit wherever we find it," Obama said"
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    Then pack your bags tonight and move out of the White House so we can get someone in there that knows how to be a real President.

    September 16, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  9. terry,va

    Sure Obummie. Sell that bucket of crap to an idiot. Obummie's legislation has added billions and billions to the costs of companies doing business. He promotes his penny annie policies while he comes through the backdoor to cut business' throats. He is the most anti-business president we have ever had. I don't think it is by mistake. He is intentionally trying to turn this country into socialism.

    September 16, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  10. Donkey Party

    Commentor #1 -

    The country will be better off after the next Civil War, when I can legally exterminate vermin like you and your America-hating anarchist ilk.

    September 16, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  11. Cyrus

    Dude...are you really off your rocker? What "thousands of legislation" are you referring to? Did you just pull that fiction out of your rear end?

    September 16, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  12. Chano

    @As GM goes, so goes the country...Unions/Democrats killed GM, now they are killing the country
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    Try reading some history. What killed GM was its own mismanagement in refusing to build quality cars that people wanted and its delilerate plan to fleece the car buying public with planned obsolescence. The UAW was happy to go along for the ride, but GM execs and shareholders walked off with the big dollars. By following short sighted goals GM gave Toyota and Honda the opportunity to come in and grab the car market. Don't shed any tears for GM, they certainly have not shed any tears for anyone else.

    September 16, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  13. libsrracist

    Sign that bill hitler jr. You retarded liberals have screwed this country over. We Americans will take this country back in 2012 from your nazie liberal asses. Or whenever you sob's want. Bring it on!

    September 16, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. Geoffrey Union

    this "coma" is greed induced my friend. and your "conservative" fascist/ tyrannical/ authoritarian/ money-above-all-else INQUISITION of a "republican" party is the one that has wrecked our country through 30 years of dismantling manufacturing, labor, the middle class,and all sensible regulation aimed at keeping speculation in check (glass-steagal anyone?). feel better?

    September 16, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  15. Alex in Wisconsin

    Another step Obama takes in the right direction. I just wish his critics knew how to give credit.

    September 16, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  16. Anwar

    TJHSST, where it was signed, is in ALEXANDRIA, not Arlington. Let's get these things right.

    September 16, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  17. Smitty

    First off unions did not kill General Motors, not adapting to the market and making more fuel effectuate cars is what hurt GM as well as having to many cars in it's lineup, Democrats (Obama) saved GM saving 100,000's of jobs, so get a life and a new name!

    September 16, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  18. gt

    since 1952.. now thats pathedic... both parties stink...

    September 16, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |