IP Lobbyists Back Improved Funding for U.S. Patent Office

Law360, New York (October 8, 2003, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A coalition of over 90 businesses and trade groups is pushing Congress to pass legislation halting the diversion of user fees from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office to other government programs, Warren's Washington Internet Daily reported Tuesday.

The coalition fears that the tapping of funds from the patent office, estimated at some $650 million over the last 12 years, detracts from patent quality and leads to excessive and expensive litigation. Furthermore, the lack of resources at the agency has led to a sharp increase in...
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