Much Ado About PPAs

Law360, New York (February 14, 2011, 3:20 PM EST) -- There is an old adage, “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” This adage certainly applies to dealing with government agencies such as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Those who use the patent system to file and obtain patents for valuable inventions and technologies may be intrigued by the recent USPTO announcement of a new program that — on its face — seems to provide additional time to file nonprovisional patent applications.

Specifically, the program purports to provide for a 12-month...
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