Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Section 9. Venue

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A patent reform act passed by Congress on September 16, 2011.

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(a) TECHNICAL AMENDMENTS RELATING TO VENUE.--Sections 32, 145, 146, 154(b)(4)(A), and 293 of title 35, United States Code, and section 21(b)(4) of the Trademark Act of 1946 (15 U.S.C. 1071(b)(4)), are each amended by striking “United States District Court for the District of Columbia” each place that term appears and inserting “United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia”.

(b) EFFECTIVE DATE.--The amendments made by this section shall take effect on the date of the enactment of this Act and shall apply to any civil action commenced on or after that date.