One week after going to Richmond to deliver a speech on jobs, President Obama will cross the Potomac River again Friday to sign a key piece of legislation in Alexandria.

According to a White House official, the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology on Braddock Road will host the signing ceremony for the America Invents Act, a long-awaited measure that overhauls the nation’s patent system.

“The America Invents Act was passed with the President’s strong leadership after nearly a decade of effort to reform the outdated patent laws,” the White House official said. “It also reflects strong bipartisan cooperation and Congress working together on behalf of American innovation.”

The official asked to be anonymous because there has been no public announcement yet.

Given the theme of the event, Thomas Jefferson is a logical choice. It is one of the best-regarded high schools in the country and consistently scores well in national rankings.