USPTO Fees To Increase, But Funding Diversion Could Continue

Law360, New York (November 23, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- In a setback for lobbyists who have fought the diversion of fees from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, U.S. lawmakers have voted to raise the fees charged by the USPTO but will still allow those funds to be spent elsewhere.

Under the omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal 2005, passed this weekend, the USPTO will receive up to $1.6 billion in funding, or $342 million more than in fiscal 2004. The bill will also let the USPTO raise its fees between 15% and 25% over the...
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