Things To Avoid When Delaying Patent Term

Law360, New York (January 30, 2014, 1:55 PM EST) -- For products with long life cycles or long times to market, the end of the patent term may be much more valuable than the beginning of the patent term, which creates an incentive to delay filing a patent application.[1] But an applicant also has a strong incentive to file for patent protection quickly, which starts the clock on patent term, in order to limit the amount of prior art available to the patent examiner.

Under U.S. law, however, the prior art does not necessarily include an...
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