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House Passes Bill To Raise Patent Fees

Law360 (March 4, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday to raise patent fees and end the practice of fund diversion from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office to other federal programs.

The bill passed by a 379-28 vote. It now must be considered by the Senate.

The legislation raises most patent fees by about 15% and effectively ends the practice of diverting excess funds into the general Treasury instead of using its for patent and trademark processing.

The patent office said the cost for a business to file...
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