House Nears Compromise On USPTO Fees

Law360, New York (February 9, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- The Appropriations and Judiciary committees of the House of Representatives are reportedly nearing agreement on legislation scheduled for the floor Wednesday that aims to hike patent fees for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

As approved by the Judiciary Committee, the bill would increase USPTO user fees by an average of 15% and prevent appropriators from diverting fee revenues to other programs.

Under the bill, the USPTO would be taken off-budget by authorizing the USPTO director to collect all fees and use them for agency operations....
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