USPTO Presses Congress For Authority To Set Fees

Law360, New York (March 26, 2010, 4:33 PM EDT) -- Facing a $224 million gap between projected user fees and its fiscal year 2011 budget goal of $2.3 billion, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is pushing Congress for the authority to set its own patent fee levels in order to better align fees with the cost of agency services.

USPTO Director David Kappos urged members of the U.S. House of Representatives during a commerce, science and justice appropriations subcommittee hearing Thursday to enact legislation giving the agency fee-setting authority, which would allow it to implement...
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