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House of Representatives Passes PTO Fee Bill On March 3, by a vote of 379-28, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1561, the “United States Patent and Trademark Fee Modernization Act of 2003.” H.R. 1561 would increase PTO user fees by an average of about 15 percent in order to raise an additional 00 million per year that the Office believes to be needed to implement its 21st Century Strategic Plan. The Plan is designed to improve quality, reduce pendency, and speed transition to electronic...

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