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...
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