USPTO Should Be Spared From Budget Cuts, IP Group Says

Law360, New York (May 22, 2013, 5:49 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is likely exempt from the severe budget cuts called for under sequestration because, unlike other government agencies, the office is funded by user fees, American Intellectual Property Law Association President Jeffrey Lewis told the White House on Tuesday.

In a letter addressed to the Office of Management and Budget, Lewis said the administration's interpretation of the sequestration statute is “inaccurate” and conflicts with the intent of the America Invents Act, which includes provision intended to protect USPTO user fees....
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