Lawmakers Plan Changes To USPTO Patent Fee Bill

Law360, New York (May 18, 2010, 6:27 PM EDT) -- Facing objections from intellectual property groups, leaders on the House Judiciary Committee said Tuesday that they would revise a bill giving the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office the authority to set patent fees to bar Congress from diverting fees for other purposes.

Judiciary Committee chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., and ranking member Lamar Smith, R-Texas, said that they would introduce the Patent and Trademark Office Funding Stabilization Act to address significant industry concerns surrounding their first draft of the bill, which was originally scheduled to be considered...
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