92 1 Director’s discretion, impose income limits, annual filing 2 limits, or other limits on who may qualify as a micro entity 3 pursuant to this section if the Director determines that 4 such additional limits are reasonably necessary to avoid 5 an undue impact on other patent applicants or owners or 6 are otherwise reasonably necessary and appropriate. At 7 least 3 months before any limits proposed to be imposed 8 pursuant to this subsection take effect, the Director shall 9 inform the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of 10 Representatives and the Committee on the Judiciary of 11 the Senate of any such proposed limits.’’. 12 (2) CONFORMING AMENDMENT.—Chapter 11 of 13 title 35, United States Code, is amended by adding 14 at the end the following new item: ‘‘123. Micro entity defined.’’. 15 (h) ELECTRONIC FILING INCENTIVE.— 16 (1) IN GENERAL.—Notwithstanding any other 17 provision of this section, an additional fee of $400 18 shall be established for each application for an origi- 19 nal patent, except for a design, plant, or provisional 20 application, that is not filed by electronic means as 21 prescribed by the Director. The fee established by 22 this subsection shall be reduced by 50 percent for 23 small entities that qualify for reduced fees under 24 section 41(h)(1) of title 35, United States Code. All 25 fees paid under this subsection shall be deposited in •HR 1249 EH
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