We Must Modernize USPTO's Fee System

Law360 (July 6, 2018, 12:30 PM EDT) -- The unique funding method for the agency charged with issuing patents and recent legal developments that have shaken the patent community's confidence in patent value are amplifying a wave of problems heading toward the patent system.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office is one of the few government agencies that is fully funded by user fees. Most of the government is funded by taxpayer collections, but the USPTO covers its own cost of operations. By statute, the USPTO is authorized to set the fees that it will need to operate. And while the fee set for each function does not...

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