Judge Won’t Keep Lens Case V. USPTO Under Wraps

Law360, New York (April 27, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A judge has refused to sign off on a proposed order to file under seal all documents containing any "protected information" in a case against the director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office stemming from the agency’s rejection of a patent covering a contact lens method as obvious.

Judge Paul L. Friedman of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Friday denied Dome Patent LP’s and the USPTO’s stipulated protective order, finding it too restrictive and inconsistent with “this country’s strong tradition...
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