Independence May Help USPTO Better Control Budget

Law360, New York (November 2, 2017, 5:56 PM EDT) -- A House committee's proposal to make the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office an independent agency adds to a decades-old discussion and has energized those who believe independence would give the office more autonomy over its budget and could, perhaps, lead to better patents.

The House Budget Committee earlier this fall released a budget blueprint for fiscal year 2018. Included in the 63-page, nonbinding resolution was a proposal to separate the USPTO from the Department of Commerce and make it an independent agency.

The idea for an independent patent office has been talked about for years but its inclusion in the committee's...

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