USPTO Did Not Blacklist Inventor's Patent Applications

Law360 (August 20, 2020, 5:42 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office scored a victory in an inventor's lawsuit alleging that it has an internal policy of rejecting all of his patent applications, after a Virginia federal judge found his applications' "length, complexity and interrelatedness" were causing them to be processed slowly.

In a 42-page opinion Wednesday, U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III ruled that the evidence was "unmistakably clear" that the USPTO had not adopted a rule concerning inventor Gilbert Hyatt's applications, entering judgment in favor of the agency.

Pointing out that the applications, which cover computer technology like audio and image processing, were "unusual and...

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