USPTO Labor Organization Urges Congress To Reject Fee Hikes For Small Businesses

Law360, New York (February 23, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- A labor organization representing examiners at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is urging Congress to reject a bill that would raise patent fees.

Many small businesses will be irreparably harmed if Congress adopts the pending U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Fee Modernization Act, the Patent Office Professional Association (POPA) argues.

Founded in 1964, POPA represents about 2,700 examiners, classifiers, computer scientists, and other patent professionals. The USPTO employs over 5,000 full time equivalent staff to support its major functions: the examination and issuance of patents...
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