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New Option To Complete U.S. Patent Examination In One Year

Law360 (October 31, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- The United States Patent and Trademark Office has just introduced a new procedure that promises to complete examination of a new U.S. patent application within one year after the application is filed. The Patent Examiner must also phone the applicant and seek to resolve any concerns prior to issuing a rejection.

On the other hand, qualifying for the new procedure will increase costs, require statements to be made that could have an adverse impact during litigation, and restrict the number of patent claims that may be...
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