Good article by Inventive Step summarizing the report of the Patent Public Advisory Committee’s (PPAC) on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) fee proposal published earlier this month. The USPTO proposes to significantly raise the costs of filing Requests for Continued Examinations (RCE) and appeals. “Read the posting.(Inventive Step PPAC report)”:http://inventivestep.net/2012/09/27/ppac-report-on-pto-fee-proposal/

The Public Advisory Committees for the USPTO advises the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO on the management of the patent and the trademark operations. The Advisory Committees consist of citizens of the United States chosen to represent the interests of the diverse users of the USPTO. The Advisory Committees reviews the policies, goals, performance, budget, and user fees of the patent and trademark operations, respectively, and will advise the Director on these matters. Appointments to the Advisory Committee are made by the Secretary of Commerce. “Learn more about USPTO public advisory committees.(USPTO public advisory committees)”:http://www.uspto.gov/about/advisory/index.jsp