or Login to see your representatives.

Access Candidates' and Representatives' Biographies, Voting Records, Interest Group Ratings, Issue Positions, Public Statements, and Campaign Finances

Simply enter your zip code above to get to all of your candidates and representatives, or enter a name. Then, just click on the person you are interested in, and you can navigate to the categories of information we track for them.

Key Votes

HR 1561 - US Patent and Trademark Fee Modernization Act, 2004 - Key Vote

National Key Votes

Nita Lowey voted Yea (Passage) on this Legislation.

Read statements Nita Lowey made in this general time period.

Stages

Family

Issues

Stage Details

Legislation - Placed on Calendar (Senate) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (379-28) - (Key vote)

Title: US Patent and Trademark Fee Modernization Act, 2004

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that would increase various Patent and Trademark Office's (PTO) user fees by approximately 15 percent.

Highlights:
  • Provides that filing fees shall be decreased by 75 percent for small businesses, non-profit organizations, and independent investors filing electronically (Sec. 2).
  • Provides that the Director of the U.S. PTO is responsible for establishing and charging fees for the search process to determine whether a patent application violates a standing patent or trademark (Sec. 2).
  • Mandates that the above fees may not be increased more than 20 percent in any given year for the next three years (Sec. 2).
  • Provides that the additional revenue generated by the increased fees shall be credited to a PTO account within the Treasury Department for the sole use of the PTO, as opposed to the previous method of fee diversion to unrelated programs (Sec. 5).
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: US Patent and Trademark Fee Modernization Act, 2004

Sponsors

Co-sponsors

  • Howard L. Berman (CA - D) (Out Of Office)
Back to top