Patent Reform Supporters Split On USPTO Funding

Law360, New York (June 22, 2011, 10:32 PM EDT) -- Supporters of a patent reform bill in the U.S. House on Wednesday were divided over a contentious funding provision for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that threatens to derail the legislation's passage.

At issue during floor debate on the House version of the America Invents Act was how to end a practice of taking patent fees the USPTO collects and diverting the money to general revenue that can be used for other government activities.

The U.S. Senate passed a patent reform bill 95-5 in March...
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