WASHINGTON, DC — October 29, 2013 —
BSA | The Software Alliance today applauded introduction of the Innovation Protection Act (H.R. 3349) by Judiciary Committee Ranking Members John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Mel Watt (D-NC) together with Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.). The bill provides permanent funding for the US Patent and Trademark Office and gives the agency autonomy over the fees it collects.
“The PTO is in the process of implementing important reforms under the America Invents Act that will help it increase patent quality, provide efficient services, and promote and protect innovation,” said BSA Director of Government Relations Tim Molino. “Ensuring the agency has a steady stream of self-generated revenue will allow it to achieve all of those goals. BSA commends Ranking Members Conyers, Watt and Congressman Collins for introducing this important piece of legislation and looks forward to working with them to advance it through Congress.”