Analysis

USPTO Docs Shed Some Light On Secretive SAWS Program

Law360 (July 24, 2018, 8:06 PM EDT) -- Three years after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ended a program that subjected "sensitive" patent applications to additional review, documents produced in litigation have provided some details about how the program operated, including how it was kept secret from applicants.

The Sensitive Application Warning System program, dubbed SAWS, was terminated in 2015, months after it was first explained in detail by the office in response to Freedom of Information Act requests from attorneys.

The USPTO said SAWS was established in 1994 to alert officials about patent applications that could generate media attention by being controversial or frivolous. The office said applications subject to the...

Stay ahead of the curve

In the legal profession, information is the key to success. You have to know what’s happening with clients, competitors, practice areas, and industries. Law360 provides the intelligence you need to remain an expert and beat the competition.


  • Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)
  • Access to attached documents such as briefs, petitions, complaints, decisions, motions, etc.
  • Create custom alerts for specific article and case topics and so much more!

TRY LAW360 FREE FOR SEVEN DAYS

Related Sections

Law Firms

Government Agencies

Hello! I'm Law360's automated support bot.

How can I help you today?

For example, you can type:
  • I forgot my password
  • I took a free trial but didn't get a verification email
  • How do I sign up for a newsletter?
Beta
Ask a question!