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LES Letter in Support of Funding for USPTO Senate

Thursday, September 15, 2011  
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The Licensing Executives Society (USA & Canada), Inc. (LES US/C) gratefully acknowledges your efforts to ensure adequate funding for the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO"). Among other things, we urge prompt passage of pending legislation making appropriations for Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies.

Until such passage, the USPTO is operating under H.J. Res. 101, which provides continued funding through December 18, 2010, but at last year's levels. We share the concerns of Senate Report 111-229 and the call for adequate resources to enable the USPTO to reduce patent pendency and patent backlog. We support an anomaly to H.J Res. 101 to fund the USPTO by providing for:

  • a temporary 15% surcharge on patent fees, provided the fee collections are available to the agency and without diversion to other agencies; and
  • a buffer sufficient to ensure USPTO access to all its user-fee derived revenue based on Fiscal Year 2011 fee projections.

Our patent system is a powerful economic engine. It fosters innovation, rewards investment in research and development, and leads to the development of new industries, new businesses, and new jobs. The full and effective funding of the PTO is essential to maintaining the efficient operation of that engine.

We thank you for your past support of the needs of the USPTO, and your willingness to work with the user community to ensure those needs continue to be met.

LES USA/Canada members are representative of that user community. We are a professional society of over 5,000 members throughout the US and Canada representing corporations, universities, government laboratories, entrepreneurs, and inventors in every major technology-oriented industry. Our members are devoted to public outreach, education, and sharing of best practices pertaining to the commercialization of intellectual property and effective management of intellectual assets.

We stand ready to assist you and your Committee in supporting and furthering the valuable work of the USPTO, and satisfying the Constitutional mandate of promoting the progress of the useful arts. Please feel free to call on us at your convenience.

Read the letter to the Senate here.