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September 22, 2014


The grace period - both in its heyday, and what's left of it after the AIA - is a statutory provision. The PTO doesn't write the statute. Is the PTO eventually planning to make recommendations to Congress about the grace period, or to otherwise use these roundtables to provide Congress with information and views from the field? If not, why is the PTO holding discussions on something that is not within its purview?

Good questions Dan.

Let me add another: under what authority is the Office acting in such a role? Remember, that "acting" director Lee does NOT have the full authority that Kappos had, and any actions that sound in policy should be suspect as the role that allows such actions STILL has not been properly vetted by Congress.

I tend to view the disregard for the proper functioning by the Executive branch in low regard.

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