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Senate Proceeding on Feb 28th, 2011 :: 4:03:40 to 4:05:20
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Patrick Leahy

4:03:36 to 4:03:57( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: amendment at the appropriate time. mr. president, i'd yield to the chairman. the presiding officer: the senator from vermont. mr. leahy: mr. president, i appreciate the senator from colorado's amendment and i think when it comes to a vote, it will probably be unanimous. i suspect it will not even be a requirement for a roll call.

Patrick Leahy

4:03:40 to 4:05:20( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Patrick Leahy

Patrick Leahy

4:03:58 to 4:04:19( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: but it does have the mandatory reduction in fees for small businesses for their exams at the patent office. and i know the senator's been a strong advocate for small businesses in colorado. the patent office currently has a backlog of more than 700,000 applications.

Patrick Leahy

4:04:20 to 4:04:40( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: haven't had a first response. this hits small businesses and independent inventors particularly hard because they can least afford the delay in receiving their rights. and director koppel and the u.s. g.p.o. have done a lot to reduce that backlog. obviously they need this legislation to make it possible to finish it.

Patrick Leahy

4:04:41 to 4:05:01( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: one thing they do have is a fast-track process to allow applicants to pay an additional fee to cover the costs of having the examiners work overtime. not all small businesses can afford the fast-track application fee, and the senator from colorado, mr. bennet, has

Patrick Leahy

4:05:02 to 4:05:20( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: wisely recognized that not all can afford that and his amendment will ensure small businesses and inpent inventors receive a -- independent inventors receive a 50% reduction in fee and when the time comes that it comes for a vote, i will strongly support it and i suspect both sides on this bill will strongly support it. but i thank the senator from

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