USPTO Cuts Threaten To Hobble Already Stressed Agency

Law360, New York (May 16, 2013, 10:26 PM EDT) -- Budget cuts at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office due to sequestration and reduced fee revenue, which the office said Thursday totaled around $240 million, have alarmed attorneys who say the reductions will hurt patent quality and the office's ability to function.

At a meeting of the Patent Public Advisory Committee, USPTO Chief Financial Officer Anthony Scardino said the office had slashed its budget by $176 million in April due in part to the congressionally mandated budget cuts known as the sequester and in part to...
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