Small business owners dread patent reform passage
With a top official of the USPTO saying the agency is prepared to begin enacting patent reform legislation as soon as mid-September, representatives of small business interests yesterday warned the America Invents Act could harm innovation
The Senate is scheduled to take up the
House-passed version of HR-1249 on September 6, and it's
likely the bill could be at the White House ready for signing
by the end of that week.
At an event sponsored by the National Small Business
Association, which opposes the bill, USPTO patent reform
coordinator Janet Gongola
said yesterday the agency has already created task forces
and laid out timetables necessary for implementation.
The House bill under consideration fails to end the
diversion of USPTO fees, although any fees the Office collects
beyond its annual appropriation would be placed in a reserve
Paul Michel, former chief judge for the US Court of Appeals
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