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New Bill on PTO Funding and Fees ON May 18 House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, joined by Ranking Member Lamar Smith, introduced H.R. 5322, the “Patent and Trademark Office Funding Stabilization Act of 2010.” The bill combines provisions that would (a) authorize the USPTO Director to set or adjust all patent and trademark fees; (b) establish a temporary 15% surcharge on patent fees, which would begin 10 days after enactment of the legislation and end September 30, 2011; and (c)...

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