Trademark Fee Adjustment
Comments from Nickolaus E. Leggett, Inventor and Analyst
The proposed trademark fee adjustment consists of fee increases that will damage individual artisans and entrepreneurs of modest means.
There are many individuals of modest means and low incomes who make craft products such as hand-made jewelry. These people have very little extra money and will be negatively impacted by higher trademark fees. They need trademark protection to identify their products as truly theirs and yet this notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) will make it harder for them to obtain this protection.
I think that the USPTO has inadequate insight into the major difficulties faced by low-income artisans who are attempting to make a living in a very difficult commercial environment. I know some of these people and can state that a fee increase that a Washington bureaucrat thinks is small is actually quite large when you have to work very hard just to bring in the basics such as food and shelter.
In view of this economic situation, the USPTO should not require any fee increases for individual entrepreneurs, artisans, and crafts people. In addition, the USPTO should have another NPRM where it considers lowering trademark fees for these people. Our American economy needs to provide real opportunities to people of all economic classes including low-income citizens.
Thank you for your attention to my comments.
Nickolaus E. Leggett
Analyst and Inventor
1432 Northgate Square, Apt. 2, Reston, VA 20190-3748, (703) 709-0752
Appendix A – My Patents and Document References
Some of my document references are listed below:
United States Patent 6,771,935, Wireless Bus August 3, 2004
United States Patent 3,280,929 Ground-Effect Machine October 25, 1966
United States Patent 3,280,930 Ground-Effect Vehicle October 25, 1966
“Demonstration and Development of Amateur Radio Applications of Natural Vacuum Electronics”; Nickolaus E. Leggett, N3NL - 22nd AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual Meeting October 8-10, 2004 in Arlington, Virginia
“A ‘Lighthouse’ Protocol for Random Microwave Contacts”, Nickolaus E. Leggett, N3NL, QEX The Experimenter’s Exchange – Technical Notes July/August 2004 – American Radio Relay League, Newington, CT.
Wireless bus invention – U.S. Patent # 6,771,935
In order to avoid mechanical assembly problems and transmission of undesired electrical currents among circuit cards or boards in a telecommunications switch or similar digital device, a conventional hard-wired midplane bus is replaced by a wireless bus. The wireless bus includes a radio frequency or light wave transceiver on each card. Antennas on respective cards can either be oriented within direct line-of-sight of each other, or can project into a waveguide which directs the transmitted signals past all the other antennas. For example, the waveguide may be a metal enclosure which surrounds all the cards. Alternatively, respective aligned apertures in the cards can define a continuous transmission path. A data rate exceeding 1 megabit per second and a transmission power on the order of 1 milliWatt are preferred, since the bus is intended for use within a single switch housing. Radio frequencies in the middle to high microwave range or light frequencies in the visible range are preferred for providing sufficient bandwidth and to facilitate servicing.
June 9, 2016