Suit Calling PTO Deputy Director Unqualified Tossed

Law360, New York (December 10, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- A lawsuit alleging that the deputy director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office lacks the requisite experience to fill her role and that the U.S. Secretary of Commerce abused his power by installing her has been dismissed.

Judge James Robinson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia signed off on a memorandum and order on Thursday dismissing the July 2007 complaint.

The four plaintiffs, all either attorneys or inventors, alleged that USPTO Deputy Director Margaret Peterlin's appointment ran afoul of the law...
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