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7 Wake Forest Intell. Prop. L.J. 145
The American Inventor’s Protection Act of 1999 (AIPA) was born from the need to stop unscrupulous invention development firms from bilking unsavvy independent inventors. The bill was a $390 billion omnibus spending bill that implemented the biggest changes to patent law since 1952, and was ultimately signed into law by President Clinton. In previous Congresses, legislation relating to intellectual property had rarely sparked partisan battles, but this was not true of the AIPA. This article chronicles the legislative history of the AIPA, including the interesting motivations of the bill’s supporters and critics, and how strange bedfellows were made during debate on the bill.