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Will PTO Support Patent Reform Without Funding?

Earlier today, I asked deputy PTO director Teresa Stanek-Rea about what effect a rumored compromise to strip the fee diversion portions of patent reform would have on the patent office’s support for the legislation. She wasn’t able to tell me whether the Commerce Department or Obama administration was prepared to take a position on the bill if these funding provisions were removed, but acknowledged that implementing the remaining reforms without guaranteed fee retention would be very difficult.



2 thoughts on “Will PTO Support Patent Reform Without Funding?

  1. Hi Patrick – it was good to met you at the IPBC. David Kappos released a statement to the conference (via arshall Phelps) that you may have missed. It indicates ongoing USPTO support for the amended bill:

    We’re making progress, we know that USPTO funding is a core concern but the legislation represents years of negotiation and compromise. We recognize that the House Manager’s Amendment does not solve the diversion issue but the IP community needs to continue working on that with the appropriators. Of course, industry is on record as supporting full funding of the USPTO, but this is important job creation legislation and we need to see the bigger picture.


    All the best,


    Posted by Joff Wild | June 23, 2011, 9:13 am

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