Cloture filed on Patent Reform Act

Now that Reid has filed cloture on the bill, it must ripen for one legislative day and one hour before the entire body can vote on whether to bring the bill into a 30-hour period of final debate prior to a vote on passage.

In the preliminary vote, which could occur in the middle of next week, the bill must clear a 60-vote threshold. Floor manager for the bill, Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick LeahyOvernight Finance: McConnell offers 'clean' funding bill | Dems pan proposal | Flint aid, internet measure not included | More heat for Wells Fargo | New concerns on investor visas Dem senator won't back spending bill without visa reforms Top GOP chairmen investigating foreign visa program MORE (D-Vt.), said he hoped the bill would be passed by Thursday afternoon of next week.

Votes on further amendments could occur throughout next week. The first vote will occur at 5:30 p.m. on Monday.

The Senate adjourned at 6:41 p.m. on Thursday.

-- Updated at 10:06 a.m. on Friday