Tuesday, July 05, 2011

BusinessWeek blasts HR 1249 (patent reform)

From the post:

Finally, diverting patent fees is unfair. As Coburn explained, inventors pay fees to the patent office to have their applications evaluated, not to support other parts of the government. "If an American pays a fee, he should get what he pays for," the Oklahoma Republican said on the Senate floor. If Congress really thinks that inventors should pay to support other parts of the government, then it should pass a tax on inventors, not siphon money from the USPTO.


The Senate bill clearly ensures that the USPTO will have enough money by allowing it to keep all of the fees it collects. The House bill [HR 1249] fails to do this,


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