H.R. 5108, To establish the Law School Clinic Certification Program of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and for other purposes

H.R. 5108

To establish the Law School Clinic Certification Program of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and for other purposes

Sponsor
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries
Committee
Judiciary

Date
September 15, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Monday, September 15, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 5108, a bill to establish the Law School Clinic Certification Program of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and for other purposes.  H.R. 5108 was introduced on July 15, 2014 by Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and was referred to the House Judiciary Committee.  The bill was marked up on September 10, 2014 and was ordered reported, as amended, by voice vote.

Bill Summary

H.R. 5108 authorizes for ten years a Law School Clinic Certification Program of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO).  The program will allow students at participating law schools to practice patent and trademark law before the PTO on a pro bono basis.  Law schools certified by the American Bar Association are eligible to participate.  H.R. 5108 requires that a status report on the program be submitted to Congress within two years of the bill’s enactment.

Background

“In 2008, PTO established the Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program, which allows students at participating law schools to practice patent or trademark law before the agency under the guidance of a faculty supervisor in the school’s law clinic. Currently, 45 schools participate in the program, which costs about $200,000 each year to operate. “[1]  H.R. 5108 formally authorizes the program for ten years.

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[1] Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate, H.R. 5108, A bill to establish the Law School Clinic Certification Program of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and for other purposes (Sep. 12, 2014).

Cost

According to CBO estimates, implementing H.R. 5108 would not affect direct spending or revenues.  The bill would have a negligible effect on net discretionary spending over the 2015-2019 period.

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.