'Heritage' Opposes Patent Bill

Thursday, 23 Jun 2011 02:25 PM

By Marti Lotman

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Heritage Action for America, a politically conservative, grassroots organization, has announced that it will oppose the America Invents Act, according to their website.

“Although the legislation has been modified to address our prior concern with respect to fees raised by the PTO, the associated deal on CJS is constitutionally flawed because it purports to give the appropriations power of Congress to two committees rather than the whole Congress,” the website reads.

“Because this deal is wrapped up in passage of H.R. 1249, Heritage Action remains opposed to H.R. 1249 and will include it as a key vote in our scorecard.”

The America Invents Act was passed earlier this week by the Senate in an overwhelming 95-5 vote. The act, some are arguing, is the largest patent reform measure since its 1952 Patent Act predecessor.

Under the new law, fundamental sections of the patent act would be largely rewritten.

The House will vote on the new law, H.R. 1249, this week.

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