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April 16, 2017


FY 2016, the USPTO estimated to collect $3.2 billion in fee revenue. https://www.uspto.gov/blog/director/entry/uspto_submits_fiscal_year_2016

The IRS collected 2,899,404,567,000 (net collection) tax in 2015. Yet, the House passed HR 1206, No Hires for the Delinquent IRS Act. The bill, which was initially introduced on March 2, 2015, was sponsored by Rep. David Rouzer (R-NC). It passed by a vote of 254-170, largely along party lines (you can see the breakdown by name and vote here). The terms of the bill would "prohibit the hiring of additional Internal Revenue Service employees until the Secretary of the Treasury certifies that no employee of the Internal Revenue Service has a seriously delinquent tax debt." https://view.officeapps.live.com/op/view.aspx?src=https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-soi/15db01co.xls

Multi-BILLION dollars paid in directly (and only) by innovators...

...for a grossly weaker and more uncertain patent right than has ever existed in our nation's history.

For a paltry million annually, I am certain that a far more functional information retrieval/registration system would be obtainable.

Remove the clear and convincing standard with a move to a registration system and plow those BILLIONS back into the innovator community...

(that's at least worth some serious consideration)

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