Fed. Circ. Says Patent Code's Priority Benefits Always Apply

Law360, New York (July 11, 2012, 8:14 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit said Wednesday the patent code's section that gives benefit of priority to an inventor who has previously filed the same application applies for all provisions of the patent system "without exception."

The appeals court ruled that Section 120 of the patent code — which says that certain patent applications filed for a second time are to be treated as though they were filed on the earlier date — had "broad applicability." This means that the benefit of the earlier filing date shouldn't be...
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