Public patent searchers, fearing they will be left out of key decisions if the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office director is permitted to screen applicants for panels charged with advising him on agency policy, are taking their case to Capitol Hill.

Representatives from the National Intellectual Property Researchers Association hope to meet with staffers from Sen. Orrin Hatch’s (R-Utah) and Rep. Howard Berman’s (D-Calif.) offices, NIPRA President James F. Cottone said April 6.

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