Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Democrats not happy with HR 1249 compromise

In a post titled Dems oppose weak patent fee diversion language in patent reform bill , Pete Kasperowicz notes

Key House Democrats late Wednesday night [June 22] said they have serious reservations about a patent reform bill, adding to questions over whether it can pass over these objections and objections several Republicans have about the constitutionality of the bill.

Speaking on the House floor, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) said her major objection with the bill is that it does not guarantee that patent fees collected by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office are not diverted to other agencies. This is a critical issue, as many members see these fees as a way to expand USPTO's ability to examine patents more quickly and reduce approval times.


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