USPTO Aims To Extend Provisional Application Period

Law360, New York (April 6, 2010, 1:09 PM EDT) -- In a bid to reduce costs facing patent applicants, as well as conserve agency resources, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is proposing changes that would effectively give applicants a 12-month extension on the existing provisional application period.

The USPTO is seeking public comment on the plan, which the agency said would give applicants additional time to avoid paying additional fees while they test the marketplace to see if their invention can effectively be commercialized.

Many U.S. patent applications are first filed as a provisional patent...
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