House Bill Would Let USPTO Keep All Of Its Fees

Law360, New York (October 29, 2013, 6:51 PM EDT) -- A bill introduced in Congress on Monday would allow the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to keep all the fees it collects from applicants, barring the government from cutting the agency's budget or diverting fee revenue to other agencies.

The USPTO is entirely funded by user fees, but it has often not been able to keep all of that money. Many times in the past, Congress has shifted a portion of the fee revenue to other agencies, including this year, when the office had to reduce...
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