Sequester Will Scale Back AIA's Gains, Experts Warn

Law360, New York (May 15, 2013, 5:16 PM EDT) -- The backlog of applications at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office could increase and improvements brought about through the American Invents Act could be lost if the agency's user fees are subjected to sequestration, experts told a House panel Wednesday.

Speaking at a House Small Business Committee hearing examining how changes in the U.S. patent system called for under the AIA affect small businesses, Georgetown University law professor John Thomas warned that improvements at the USPTO would be scaled back if sequestration is allowed to take...
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