Critics Call USPTO's Supplemental Exam Rules Too Costly

Law360, New York (March 27, 2012, 3:59 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's proposed rules for the supplemental examination will put patentees in the awkward position of criticizing their own patents and may be so costly as to shut out public interest groups, public comments submitted to the patent office through Monday suggest.

Monday was the deadline to submit public comments on the proposed rules, announced by the USPTO in January, and several companies and organizations pointed out what they said were flaws in the plan.

Supplemental exams, which are mandated under the...
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