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LES (USA & Canada) Letter to US House of Representatives

Thursday, September 15, 2011  
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The Licensing Executives Society (USA & Canada), Inc. (LES US/C) gratefully acknowledgelettertohouserep.pdfs your efforts to improve our patent system through effective patent reform legislation, and particularly to promote innovation in the U.S. by ensuring adequate funding for the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO"). As HR 1249 moves to the floor of the House, we strongly encourage you to implement a prohibition against diversion of USPTO fees.

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 US/C members are representative of that user community. We are a non-­partisan, non-­profit, professional society of approximately 4,500 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 development, protection, and commercialization of intellectual property and the 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

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