By Dennis Crouch
Reps. Honda, Lofgren, and Eshoo (All D-Ca) have collectively introduced the Patents and Trademarks Encourage New Technology (PATENT) Jobs Act of 2013 with the sole purpose of exempting the USPTO from the sequestration process for FY2014-2021. As I noted in my recent congressional testimony, the greatest impact of the America-Invents-Act has been increased funding at the USPTO and the resulting improved ability of the Agency to address the workload requirements. Although all of the USPTO's expenditures are matched by user-fee revenue, the sequester has been applied to the agency in a way that guarantees that a portion of every user-payment to the PTO is spent on general federal expenditures rather than for patent examination.
Both the AIPLA and IPO are strong supports of the proposed bill.