Inventor Tafas Seeks Fees In Suit Over USPTO Rules

By Ryan Davis (March 16, 2010, 6:38 PM EDT) -- Triantafyllos Tafas, the inventor whose challenge to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's proposed rules for patent applicants prompted a prolonged lawsuit and the rescission of the rules last fall, has moved to recover all of his attorneys' fees and expenses for the case.

Tafas, the founder of robotic microscopy company Ikonisys Inc., filed his motion Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, arguing he is entitled to recovery because the USPTO unnecessarily prolonged the case.

Tafas argued in the motion that the Equal Access to Justice Act provides that when a party takes unreasonable positions...

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