As you may recall the USPTO selected Silicon Valley for a satellite patent office in June 2012. Still without a permanent facility, federal budget cuts may be causing the delay in getting there. The federal government says it needs to hold 5% of PTO user fees, worth $148 million, to a general fund. This seems wrong when you consider many applicants are citizens of foreign countries. Applicants should be able to use the US patent system without their money being used to prop up the federal tax and spend policies.
For details Silicon Valley patent office faces possible 'indefinite' delay
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