Legislation would expand participation in the patent system.
Washington, D.C. (Dec. 20, 2022) — Today, Holly Fechner, Executive Director of Invent Together, an alliance focused on narrowing the diversity gaps in invention and patenting, issued the following statement on the inclusion of the Unleashing American Innovators Act on the FY23 omnibus spending bill:
“Today, congressional leaders seized the opportunity to help ensure that the United States remains the global leader in innovation. By improving access to justice and legal assistance for inventors and by broadening outreach to potential inventors, Congress is facilitating U.S. entrepreneurship and innovation. We thank Sens. Leahy, Tillis, Hirono and Reps. Ross and Mace for championing this bill.”
The Unleashing American Innovators Act—a bipartisan, bicameral bill—directs the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) to study and improve the Patent Pro Bono Program, expand eligibility for the Program, establish a new USPTO satellite office in the southeast region, and establish community outreach offices to increase engagement with prospective inventors.
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