Patent Reform Bill Makes USPTO Too Powerful: House Reps.

Law360, New York (June 7, 2011, 5:26 PM EDT) -- The heads of the U.S. House of Representatives Budget and Appropriations committees said Tuesday that proposed patent reform legislation allowing the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to set its own fees would give the agency too much power.

Congress has been working on some version of comprehensive patent reform for more than six years. Last week, the Obama administration threw its support behind the latest proposal, H.R. 1249, saying it would strengthen patent rights and finally grant the USPTO the power to set its fee rates...
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