The House of Representatives passed the Patent Reform Act 225-175 this afternoon.  I have not been able to find the final version of the bill yet or any information on the final version of the venue and damages provisions, but it appears that the bill includes revisions to current law in both areas.  I will post more once the final version is available.  The Senate is scheduled to consider the Act next month and it is unlikely the Senate will pass an identical version.  So, the Act still has a few hurdles before it makes its way to the White House.