Lawmakers Back USPTO Bid To Hold On To Fees

Law360, New York (May 5, 2010, 3:23 PM EDT) -- House Judiciary Committee chairman John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., vowed Wednesday to fight to keep fees the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office collects from being diverted away from the agency, as lawmakers questioned how to help the USPTO reduce its backlog of pending patent applications.

At an oversight hearing, Conyers expressed support for a buffer measure that would allow the USPTO to keep up to $100 million above the amount it is appropriated by Congress if the agency collects more in fees than expected.

Lawmakers from both...
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