IP Attys Blast USPTO's Supplemental Exam Rules

Law360, San Diego (February 7, 2012, 7:15 PM ET) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s proposed rules for supplemental examination under the patent reform law allow for companies to clear up problems discovered after a patent has been granted, but the procedure is too burdensome for patent owners and could, perversely, form the basis of an inequitable conduct claim, attorneys say.

Supplemental exams, which are mandated under the America Invents Act and will take effect by Sept. 16, are touted as a way for patent owners to have the USPTO review errors, additional prior art...
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