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CONGRESS VOTES FOR PTO FUNDING

AIPLA GRATIFIED THAT HOUSE AND SENATE VOTED FOR SUPPLEMENTAL FUNDING FOR THE USPTO

7/30/2010

WASHINGTON, DC – The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) is gratified that the House of Representatives and the Senate approved supplemental funding for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) this week.  On Wednesday AIPLA sent a letter to the House Appropriations Committee expressing support for the supplemental funding, which would return $129M of the fees to the USPTO this year.  

Background

Over the past several fiscal years, Congress and the Administration have permitted the Office to retain essentially all of its user fees, but without further action this fiscal year, current fee collection projections indicate significant monies would not be made available to the Office.  AIPLA supports a long term mechanism to ensure that all fees stay at the USPTO,  allowing the Office to intelligently plan long term to meet the multitude of challenges facing the IP system.

The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
The American Intellectual Property Law Association is a national bar association of more than 16,000 members engaged in private and corporate practice, in government service, and in academia. AIPLA represents a wide and diverse spectrum of individuals, companies, and institutions involved directly or indirectly in the practice of various fields of law affecting intellectual property. Our members represent both owners and users of intellectual property, and they have a keen interest in a strong and efficient intellectual property system.