Justices Reject USPTO Call For Limits On IP Evidence

Law360, New York (April 18, 2012, 1:16 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that there were no restrictions on new evidence patent applicants may present to a district court when challenging the rejection of their application by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, dismissing the agency’s call for limits on such evidence.

The Supreme Court affirmed a 2010 en banc ruling by the Federal Circuit that held that applicants are free to introduce any new evidence in a district court appeal of a patent rejection, subject only to the normal rules of...
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