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Moatz, Harry
From: gigante@...
Sent: Tuesday, January 13, 2004 10:19 AM
To: ethicsrules comments
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Subject: Do Not Implemement PTO Practitioner Fees

I want to go on the record as being against registration fees for practioners. So long as Congress continues to . I divert (aka legally steal) U.S. PTO funds to line its own pocket, the USPTO should not be raising costs to make . up for this shortfall. No doubt, what starts as a $100 per year fee could end up being a $300 or $400 dollar per year fee (with the same arugment, that is constitutes less tha 1/2 of 1 % of a practitioner enering $100,000). The PTO Commissioner, From the former Rogan, to the current Dudas, should be complaining loudly and very publicly both to Commerce Secretary Evans and to the Executive and Legislative Branches of the government, all of whom have the power to stop the illegal diversion of PTO funds for non?PTO purposes. Do not impose additional fees until the USPTO can recover what is taken from them in the form of "tribute" by the Commerce Department. The tribute taken by the Commerce Department from the USPTO is in a sense is no different than a shakedown by organized crime on legitimate businesses such as i private sanitation. The USPTO has no funding shortfall, this is complete non?sense. Maybe we should outsource half of the USPTO functions to India to reduce costs.

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Moatz, Harry
From: gigante@

Sent: Monday, January 12, 2004 2:21 PM

To: ethicsrules comments

Subject: Registration Fees

I want to go on the record as being against registration fees for practioners. So long as Congress continues to divert (aka legally steal) U.S. PTO funds to line its own pocket, the USPTO should not be raising costs to make up for this shortfall. No doubt, what starts as a $100 per year fee could end up being a $300 or $400 dollar per year fee (with the same arugment, that is constitutes less tha 1/2 of 1 % of a practitioner enering $100,000). The PTO Commissioner, From the former Rogan, to the current Dudas, should be complaining loudly and very publicly both to Commerce Secretary Evans and to the Executive and Legislative Branches of the government, all of whom have the power to stop the illegal diversion of PTO funds for non?PTO purposes. Do not impose additional fees until the USPTO can recover what is taken from them in the form of "tribute" which in a sense is no different than the shakedown of organized crime on legitimate businesses for services such as private sanitation.
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