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Senate passes bill to make USPTO judges legal

Eileen McDermott, New York

The Senate has passed a bill which would amend US patent and trade mark law to require that USPTO administrative judges be appointed by the secretary of commerce

Senate bill S3295, sponsored by Senator Patrick Leahy, would amend Section 6 of the US Patent Act and Section 17 of the Lanham Act to specify that the secretary of commerce, rather than the USPTO director, is responsible for appointing...

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