Faced with an FY 2000 budget shortfall of more than $30 million�-and a high price tag for implementing landmark patent reform legislation�-U.S. Patent and Trademark Commissioner Q. Todd Dickinson Dec. 6 called upon intellectual property groups to push for more funding for the agency.

Dickinson’s comments came during the PTO/Intellectual Property Owners Association’s annual conference on PTO law and practice in Washington, D.C.

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