145 1 the results of such study to provide any preferential treat- 2 ment to patent applicants. 3 SEC. 30. SENSE OF CONGRESS. 4 It is the sense of Congress that the patent system 5 should promote industries to continue to develop new tech- 6 nologies that spur growth and create jobs across the coun- 7 try which includes protecting the rights of small busi- 8 nesses and inventors from predatory behavior that could 9 result in the cutting off of innovation. 10 SEC. 31. USPTO STUDY ON INTERNATIONAL PATENT PRO- 11 TECTIONS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES. 12 (a) STUDY REQUIRED.—The Director, in consulta- 13 tion with the Secretary of Commerce and the Adminis- 14 trator of the Small Business Administration, shall, using 15 the existing resources of the Office, carry out a study— 16 (1) to determine how the Office, in coordination 17 with other Federal departments and agencies, can 18 best help small businesses with international patent 19 protection; and 20 (2) whether, in order to help small businesses 21 pay for the costs of filing, maintaining, and enforc- 22 ing international patent applications, there should be 23 established either— 24 (A) a revolving fund loan program to make 25 loans to small businesses to defray the costs of •HR 1249 EH
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