PTO's Rules Violate Patent Act, Constitution: Suit

Law360, New York (August 22, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The Patent and Trademark Office was sued Wednesday by an inventor who says the rule changes it published a day earlier, which were intended to cut down the backlog of applications in its queue, suppress scientific progress and violate the Patent Act and the U.S. Constitution.

According to the complaint Triantafyllos Tafas filed in eastern Virginia against the agency and its director Jon Dudas, the new rules violate sections 2, 120, 131, 132 and 365 of the Patent Act by exceeding congressional rule-making authority. Tafas wants...
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