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House patent reform vote generates industry praise

March 8, 2004 Technology businesses and the Patent and Trademark Office expressed satisfaction with last week's House passage of legislation that is likely to significantly boost PTO revenues by raising patent fees, eliminating fee diversion and permitting reforms sought by the agency. By a vote of 379-28, the House easily passed the bill,...

House passes bill eliminating diversion of patent fees

March 3, 2004 A Wednesday afternoon deal between the chairmen of the House Judiciary and Small Business committees helped win House passage for landmark legislation that would eliminate the diversion of patent fees to other federal programs. The House passed the bill on a 379-28 vote. Judiciary Chairman James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., acceded to...

Senators grill Homeland official on threat assessments

February 24, 2004 The chairman of a Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Tuesday questioned the Homeland Security Department official responsible for cybersecurity about whether the department was conducting threat assessments about cyber intrusions, and expressed disappointment about failure to get an answer. Arizona Republican John Kyl, chairman of the subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and...

Report renews questions about passenger-screening system

February 12, 2004 Privacy advocates on Thursday hailed a General Accounting Office (GAO) report that criticizes an airline passenger-screening system, but the lawmaker who authored language delaying the system's implementation said the report will not necessarily end the program. GAO's report concluded that the Homeland Security Department "has not completely addressed seven of...

Justice Department budget centers on fighting terrorism

February 2, 2004 Funding for the Justice Department under the Bush administration budget released on Monday would grow to $19.7 billion in fiscal 2005, from $19.4 billion in fiscal 2004, a 2 percent increase. Justice officials emphasized the proposal's 19 percent increase in funding directed at preventing terrorist attacks, an 11.4 percent increase...

Industry discouraged by plans for Patent and Trademark Office budget

December 12, 2003 At a time when many technology companies are encouraging a movement to modernize the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), the reality of the fiscal 2004 budget could force significant agency cutbacks. The omnibus appropriations bill that the House passed on Dec.8 would allocate $1.22 billion to the agency, which would...

Patent office chief to depart; deputy may be in line for job

December 9, 2003 The announcement by Patent and Trademark Office Director James Rogan that he is leaving the Bush administration in January should pave the way for his deputy, Jon Dudas, to assume the top job, individuals close to the patent office said on Tuesday. Rogan has served for two years as the...

White House chastised for use of security technology

December 2, 2003 The Bush administration has failed to effectively use information technology in the war on terrorism, according to officials at the Markle Foundation, who on Tuesday proposed creating a homeland security information network. "They have not yet taken advantage of technological expertise" available in this country, said Zoe Baird, president of...

Pentagon panelists want to study entire privacy 'iceberg'

November 24, 2003 Originally chartered to examine the issues surrounding an experiment in anti-terrorism technology, the Pentagon's Technology and Privacy Advisory Committee (TAPAC) cannot restrict its deliberations to merely one program anymore, its members said on Thursday. The panel was created to study the Terrorism Information Awareness (TIA) project, which called for "mining"...

Privacy experts differ on merits of passenger-screening program

November 21, 2003 Two privacy experts differed on Friday about the merits of a computerized airline-passenger background check under development by the government, but both questioned whether the system should be expanded beyond anti-terrorism. At an afternoon debate hosted by the National Academy of Sciences, Paul Rosenzweig of the Heritage Foundation said the...

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