Yesterday, the House passed H.R. 5874 that provides $129 million in additional funding for the PTO during FY2010. The funds are transferred from the Census Department. These funds should provide some much needed help to the PTO. The bill now goes to the Senate.
Thanks to Hal Wegner for providing this information. There is a lot of speculation as to whether the Senate will try to tack on at least some portions of the Patent Reform Bill, S. 515, to the House funding bill. Or, if the Senate will try to tack the Patent Reform Bill onto pieces of unrelated legislation. Or, if Congress will attempt to pass patent reform in a lame duck session after the election. Stay tuned . . .