USPTO Rule Change Could Raise Costs For Appellants

Law360, New York (October 9, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rule change regarding appeals potentially limits the arguments appellants can advance and will make the process more costly and time-consuming for intellectual property practitioners and their clients, lawyers say.

Prompted by a dramatic increase in appeals, the USPTO is streamlining the appearance of briefs by demanding certain fonts and formatting. It is also capping the maximum number of pages at 30 and requiring additional analysis.

The USPTO published a notice in the Federal Register in June announcing the final rules...
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