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PTO Does Away With Archaic Patent Program

Law360 (November 16, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has decided to eliminate its disclosure document program, which allows inventors to establish a date of conception when not yet ready to file for a patent.

Under the disclosure document program, which has been in existence since 1969, the patent office accepts written descriptions and drawings of an invention and then dates and retains them for two years. However, very few inventors have actually used the program, and some of those who did erroneously believed they were filing an official...
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