Washington, D.C. — The House of Representatives today approved the bipartisan Study of Underrepresented Classes Chasing Engineering and Science Success (SUCCESS) Act, H.R. 6758, by voice vote. This bill, authored by Congressman Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), a senior Member of the House Judiciary Committee and Chairman of the House Small Business Committee, reauthorizes the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO) authority to set fees for the services it provides and require the PTO to study and report to Congress on ways to improve the patenting rates of certain underrepresented groups.

The SUCCESS Act extends by eight more years the authority granted to the PTO to set the amount it charges for each of the services it provides to patent and trademark applicants. It also instructs the PTO Director, in consultation with the Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA), to conduct a study and provide legislative and other recommendations to increase the number of women, minorities, and veterans who apply for and are granted patents.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) praised today’s passage of the SUCCESS Act in the statement below.

Chairman Goodlatte: “We need the participation of every American with a great new idea to realize the full potential of the American people and secure an even brighter economic future for ourselves and our children.”

“The bipartisan SUCCESS Act will be critical in developing policies to help underrepresented groups, including women, minorities, and veterans, further engage in the type of entrepreneurial activities that are the backbone of our American economy.  It will also extend the authority of the PTO to set fees for its services for eight years. I thank Congressman Chabot his work on this bipartisan bill and urge its swift passage in the Senate.”