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Senate Amendment To Improve Patent Filing Process For Small Businesses

Written by Jenna Weiner
Published: 3/7/2011

Senator Mark Kirk sees amendment expediting patent approval process for small businesses pass the Senate.

Entrepreneurs looking to patent their innovations and products are on their way to receiving extra help, according to recent small business news.

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A key piece of Illinois Senator Mark Kirk's "Small Business Bill of Rights" agenda was approved by the Senate on Monday, the State Column reports. The bipartisan bill will expedite the federal patent approval process for small business owners by establishing procedures to help this sector with patent filing issues.

"This amendment seeks to assist some of our greatest innovators by providing a fast lane within the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for small businesses to receive information and assistance regarding their patent applications," Senator Kirk said, according to the source.

Senator Kirk collaborated with Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor to introduce the amendment, after first proposing it last year as a member of the House of Representatives.

Last week, the Republican senator visited Rockford, Illinois, to discuss the budget and encourage a plan that does not increase taxes on Americans, WREX-13 TV reports.

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