- moving from a "first-to-invent" system to a "first-to-file" system
- prior user rights
- fees collected by the US Patent & Trademark Office will be allocated by an Appropriations committee
H.R. 1249 is similar to a companion bill previously passed by the Senate (S. 23), although it does provide some differences. It will now be sent to the Senate for approval or further amending before going to the President.