House Tells USPTO To Up Efficiency, Not Spending

Law360, New York (February 23, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office does not appear to be receiving any money to address the backlog problem of pending patent applications, based on the appropriations bill that the U.S. House of Representatives’ appropriations committee introduced Monday.

The omnibus appropriations bill, which outlines the budget proposal for most of the federal government through September, seeks to provide the USPTO with about $2 billion, which is the same as the agency’s revised fee collection estimate.

But instead of offering money to the agency to hire more...
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