House Bill Would Extend USPTO's Fee-Setting Power

By Ryan Davis (May 22, 2018, 8:54 PM EDT) -- Two members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced legislation Tuesday that would allow the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to retain its fee-setting authority, which is set to expire in September, mirroring a bill introduced in the Senate in March.

The Building Innovation Growth Through Data for Intellectual Property Act, introduced by Reps. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, and Hank Johnson, D-Ga., would extend the office's authority to set its own feesfor 10 years after the measure becomes law.

In exchange for keeping the authority, which the office was granted in 2011, the legislation, H.R. 5887, calls on the USPTO to modernize...

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