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Silicon Valley patent office shelved

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Silicon Valley patent office shelved

Bella, Petzila's mascot, is posed for a photo next to the company's product, a device that allows pet owner to communicate with their pets remotely, on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, in San Jose, Calif. Silicon Valley’s high tech firms are fighting what they consider a deeply personal federal cut this summer that shelves a planned patent office in this innovation-fueled region. While most of the country is feeling some pinch from the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration, tech leaders say this one is unique and unfair, because the Commerce Department’s satellite patent offices aren’t funded by taxpayers, but instead are paid for with the $2.8 billion in annual patent fees. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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