Patent Reform Bill Hinges On USPTO Fee Diversion

Law360, San Diego (June 24, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT) -- Before legislation seeking to reform the nation's patent system can make its way to the White House, lawmakers are going to have to reconcile differing proposals by the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate on whether the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office should continue to turn over its fees to Congress, attorneys say.

The House’s approval of the America Invents Act in a 304-117 vote on Thursday, preceded by the Senate’s vote in favor of its own version of the bill in March, brings the USPTO...
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