USPTO Funding Bill Stalled In Senate

Law360, New York (June 16, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A bill that would raise fees for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and halt diversion of the agency’s funds to other government programs has been stalled in the Senate amid a dispute over fee reimbursements.

The House passed the measure, H.R. 1561, on March 3 by a vote of 379-28. In May, the Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed by voice vote the House Bill.

However, since that time, the bill has gone nowhere as legislators debate the merits of section 5, which requires the USPTO to...
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