Sen. Introduces Bill To Stop USPTO Fee Diversion

Law360, Los Angeles (March 13, 2014, 10:01 PM EDT) -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., introduced a bill Thursday that would allow the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to keep all the fees it collects from applicants, preventing the funds from being “plundered” by legislators diverting the money to other agencies.

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