Obama Budget Gives IP Enforcement Shot In The Arm

Law360, New York (February 14, 2011, 3:09 PM EST) -- President Barack Obama's proposed 2012 budget, announced Monday, calls for $2.7 billion in resources for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and $526 million for the International Trade Administration to boost intellectual property protection at home and abroad.

The proposed $3.7 trillion budget for fiscal year 2012 includes allowing the PTO to use a temporary surcharge on patent fees, a move the Obama administration says will better align application fees with processing costs.

The fee surcharge, along with regulatory and legislative reforms, will provide the PTO...
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