Perfect example of Congress getting their grubby hands on money

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The United States Patent and Trademark Office. It is one of the few government agencies that bring more in fees than they spend. You would think if its the case than there would be an efficient, well staffed USPTO and patents would be reviewed expeditiously. But no, there is a long backlog of patents being prosecuted, delays in the appeals court of the USPTO, and its getting worse. The reason why is congress get their hands on the money and spend it for other stuff, isntead of where it should go, to increase staffing at the USPTO and make patents move through more quickly, which has huge implications in businesses, especially start ups. It can take nearly 10 years in some cases for a patent to issue (giving it only 10 years of patent life left). They don't even get reviewed initially for 2-3 years.

Now the newest patent reform laws are going to increase the burden on the patent office. Fees have gone up a lot, and you would htink the USPTO would expand with increased fees. But no, congress takes the money and tells them how much they can spend and the office remains very slow.
 

jackalope

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The United States Patent and Trademark Office. It is one of the few government agencies that bring more in fees than they spend. You would think if its the case than there would be an efficient, well staffed USPTO and patents would be reviewed expeditiously. But no, there is a long backlog of patents being prosecuted, delays in the appeals court of the USPTO, and its getting worse. The reason why is congress get their hands on the money and spend it for other stuff, isntead of where it should go, to increase staffing at the USPTO and make patents move through more quickly, which has huge implications in businesses, especially start ups. It can take nearly 10 years in some cases for a patent to issue (giving it only 10 years of patent life left). They don't even get reviewed initially for 2-3 years.

Now the newest patent reform laws are going to increase the burden on the patent office. Fees have gone up a lot, and you would htink the USPTO would expand with increased fees. But no, congress takes the money and tells them how much they can spend and the office remains very slow.

They can take the fees the office generates and use it for something else? That's messed up.
 
Nov 2010
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They can take the fees the office generates and use it for something else? That's messed up.
Yup. And now they are getting more money since this patent reform passed they immediately increased fees. Presumably it would be to increase staffing at USPTO, but I guess there are constitutional arguments that congress get the right to determine where the money goes, and not the USPTO itself. But isn't this what they have done with SS, tapped into SS funds for other things, hence why it is always deemed to be in trouble?
 
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