To CIP Or Not To CIP? There Is No Question

Law360, New York (October 31, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- As an inventor or decision maker for the business, you should know enough to discuss the forest before your patent counsel starts cutting the trees in making significant, irreversible decisions affecting your patent rights.

You may have heard the term “CIP” tossed around, which refers to one type of patent application unique to the U.S. called a continuation-in-part (CIP) application.

As it turns out, over a decade of court decisions, changes to the patent laws by Congress, and actual and proposed Patent & Trademark Office (PTO)...
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