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USPTO Hampered By Rigid Funding And Union Woes, Report Suggests

Law360 (September 21, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office should be liberated from the shackles of government appropriations and set up to run more like a private business, a congressionally charted group says in a report that shines a critical light on the office.

The report on the inner workings of the USPTO shows the organization is weighed down by an inappropriate funding structure that generates numerous problems, as well as a contentious relationship with its employee union.

Unreliable appropriations lead to erratic hiring and an inability to correspond...
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