USPTO Gets $129M Boost To Tackle Backlog

Law360, New York (August 11, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has been given the go-ahead to bolster its $1.9 billion 2010 budget with an extra $129 million from its patent fee collections, in order to help the agency staff up as it races to clear its growing patent backlog and make further progress in reducing patent pendency times.

President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed H.R. 5874, the United States Patent and Trademark Office Supplemental Appropriations Act. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Alan Mollohan, D-W.Va., chairman of the U.S. House...
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