H.R. 3114 (111th): To authorize the Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office to use funds made available under the Trademark Act of 1946 for patent operations in order to avoid furloughs and reductions-in-force, and for other purposes.

Jul 07, 2009 (111th Congress, 2009–2010)
Signed by the President
Slip Law:
This bill became Pub.L. 111-45.
John Conyers Jr.
Representative for Michigan's 14th congressional district
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Aug 20, 2010
2 pages
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A bill to authorize the Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office ...

Passed Senate
Last Action: Jun 25, 2009


This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on August 7, 2009.

Introduced Jul 07, 2009
Referred to Committee Jul 07, 2009
Passed House Jul 07, 2009
Passed Senate Jul 16, 2009
Signed by the President Aug 07, 2009

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3 cosponsors (2D, 1R) (show)

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8/7/2009--Public Law.
Authorizes the Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to use funds made available for FY2009 under the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009 to support the processing of patents and other activities, services, and materials relating to patents, notwithstanding provisions restricting the use of such fees to activities relating trademark registrations, provided the Director certifies to Congress that the use of such funds is reasonably necessary to avoid USPTO furloughs or a reduction-in-force, or both, and does not create a substantial risk of a furlough or reduction-in-force of personnel working in the Trademark Operation of the USPTO.
Requires the Director, on the exercise of that authority and notwithstanding any other law, to establish a surcharge on patent fees to repay any funds drawn down.
Terminates such authority on June 30, 2010. Requires: (1) the surcharge to begin no later than September 30, 2011; and (2) the funds so used to be repaid to trademark operations not later than September 30, 2014.

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