House Committees Agree To Raise USPTO Fees 15%-20%, Halt Fund Diversion

Law360, New York (February 13, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- Members of the Appropriations and Judiciary Committees of the U.S. House of Representatives have reportedly reached an agreement on legislation that would increase user fees for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and rebate filers for any funds that exceed the agency’s appropriation.

The bill is expected to raise patent fees by 15% to 20%, according to a report by Congress Daily.

The compromise would establish a reserve fund for any fees collected by the patent office that exceed Congress' appropriation and distribute the excess as...
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