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

National Key Votes

John Tierney voted Yea (Passage) on this Legislation.

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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

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Co-sponsors

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