USPTO Drops Controversial Rules Package

Law360, New York (October 8, 2009, 7:05 PM EDT) -- The fiercely contested rules proposed by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office under the Bush administration that sought to impose new restrictions on patent applicants and became the subject of a drawn-out court battle in Tafas v. Doll have been rescinded, the USPTO said Thursday.

Charting a new course for the agency, USPTO Director David Kappos said he signed a new final rule withdrawing the 2007 regulations that sparked outrage from many patent applicants and prosecutors as being unduly restrictive, and planned to file a motion...
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