Senate OKs Bill To Name Administrative IP Judges

Law360, New York (July 23, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved a bill that would shift the responsibility for appointing administrative patent and trademark judges from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to the government's executive branch.

The bill, which stems from the controversial Patent Reform Act that stalled earlier this year, would charge the U.S. secretary of commerce with the duty to appoint administrative patent and trademark judges and require the secretary to ratify any appointments that the USPTO director makes.

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