Congress Passes PTO Annual Funding Bill On Sunday, December 13, the Senate approved the conference report on the massive consolidated appropriations bill (H.R. 3288) that will fund most of the federal government in Fiscal Year 2010, which began on October 1. The House had previously approved the conference report, and the Senate action thus sends the bill to the president for signing into law. The bill appropriates , 887,000,000 for the USPTO in FY2010. This is approximately the same amount...