Comment of Senator Patrick Leahy on Fee Diversion and House Consideration of H.R. 1249, the America Invents Act

“I again commend Chairman Smith, Mr. Watt and others for the work they have done on the America Invents Act.  While I am disappointed that the bill will not go to the House floor with the specific language contained in the Senate-passed bill to end fee diversion, the America Invents Act remains legislation that will be a tremendous boon for American inventors, American manufacturers, and American jobs.  I believe that the fee diversion language in the manager’s amendment, coupled with a commitment by the House Appropriations Committee to provide the Patent and Trademark Office with access to the excess fees it collects each year, would be a concrete step in the right direction.  As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I will remain vigilant to ensure that language authorizing USPTO access to all of the fees it collects remains in each year’s appropriations bill.

“I am pleased the House is finally moving forward, and I am committed to working with Chairman Smith, Mr. Watt and others to get this patent reform legislation to the President’s desk.”

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