US To Seek 15 Percent Cut In WIPO Patent Fees

WIPO is primarily funded through fees for its services, with Patent Cooperation Treaty fees representing about 3/4 of the revenue. One has to wonder with the USA calling for a cut in this revenue stream whether they are trying to signal the beginning of the end of their endorsement of this organization, now that the organization has allowed for a minimum of balance in policy making from the US maximalist IP agenda and an agenda that takes the interests of other countries and industries into consideration. I have heard other rumors that there will be a push away from this UN agency to bilateral agreements.

It is also a fee that are primarily paid by Industrialized nations (who file for and are granted more patents) rather than other fees primarily paid by so-called "developing" (less-industrialized) nations. The special interest reason for the USA's call is fairly transparent.