Senate Committee OKs Bill To Raise USPTO Fees, End Fee Diversion

Law360 (April 30, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The Senate Judiciary Committee has endorsed a bill that raises fees for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and ends the diversion of fees to other programs.

The bill (H.R. 1561), which passed the House on March 3 by a 379-28 vote, was sent on a voice vote by the Judiciary Committee to the Senate for expected approval as well.

The legislation restructures rates of the Patent and Trademark Office, raising average fees an estimated 15%. It is estimated to generate about $200 million in patent...
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