USPTO Fees Should Not Be Sequestered, White House Told

Law360, New York (August 13, 2013, 4:27 PM EDT) -- The Intellectual Property Owners Association asked the White House on Monday to reconsider its decision to subject U.S. Patent and Trademark Office fees to the budget cuts known as the sequester, noting that the Copyright Office is not facing similar cuts.

In a letter to the White House Office of Management and Budget, IPO said that under a 1985 law, activities financed by "voluntary payments to the government for goods or services" are exempt from sequestration, the across-the-board budget cuts that took effect in March....
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