Budget Freeze Bars USPTO From $70M In Extra Fees

Law360, New York (September 30, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT) -- As part of a stopgap budget measure, the U.S. Congress has frozen funding for the Patent and Trademark Office, dashing hopes that $70 million in extra fees the agency collected in 2010 would help ease its ongoing budget woes.

The legislation, H.R. 3081, passed by a 228-194 vote in the House of Representatives around midnight on Wednesday, shortly after clearing the Senate by a 69-30 vote earlier in the night.

The bill, called a continuing resolution, ensures that the government will have a budget to work...
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