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Fee-setting bill could delay patent reform

Eileen McDermott, New York

US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee chairman John Conyers and ranking member Lamar Smith have introduced a bill to transfer fee-setting authority from Congress to the USPTO director

Patent and trade mark fees are presently set by statute, with the director authorised to adjust the fees under certain circumstances.

The bill was introduced Wednesday, after reports that a separate bill dealing with fee-setting authority (which had not yet...

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