Strategies For Patent App Prep, Filing And Prosecution

Law360, New York (June 21, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently proposed extending the provisional time period for filing a nonprovisional patent application under 35 U.S.C. § 111(a), which claims the benefit of a provisional application. This proposal clearly indicates that the USPTO is becoming increasingly mindful of two important considerations applicants face in preparing, filing and prosecuting patent applications: time and money.

The following discussion addresses the USPTO’s proposed extension of the provisional filing period, as well as the time- and monetary-related strategies and tactics for consideration during patent...
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