Appeals Court Grills Patent Office Over Rules

Law360, New York (December 4, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- Giving many patent attorneys hope that the U.S. Patent Office is in for another defeat in its battle to push through a set of highly contentious rule changes, a three-judge panel hearing oral arguments in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit seemed to be skeptical of several of the agency’s assertions.

The USPTO is seeking to reverse a lower court's decision to void a set of fiercely contested rules that the agency says are needed to streamline its processes and clear a growing...
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