But the bill does not address the problem of resources for the patent office. Congress has diverted millions of dollars in patent and trademark application fees from the office in recent years. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), who has condemned the diversions, estimates that $750 million was diverted from the office between 1992 and 2004. The first and best thing Congress could do is demand that the cash-starved patent office keep its application fees.
[LBE did submit a "letter to the editor" on April 14]