Lawyers Not Sold On New Patent Examiner Rules

Law360, New York (June 24, 2010, 5:11 PM EDT) -- A proposal by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to change the standards by which patent examiners are evaluated may not be the answer to reducing the country's growing pendency of patent applications, and may actually clash with other programs already in place, according to lawyers.

The Patent Office Professional Association, a labor union that represents patent examiners, will vote this summer on changes that would alter examiners' performance appraisal plans by giving them more discretion in managing work flow and encouraging more interviews with inventors....
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