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Proactive Steps To Expedite Patent Issuance

Law360 (February 2, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- Almost everyone in the patent community agrees that it takes too long to move a patent application through prosecution to issuance. In many fields, the useful life of the technology can pass before the patent even issues.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) has made various efforts to speed things up on its end, including setting goals for certain actions and hiring more patent examiners.

However, patent owners know well that the wait for a patent can still be too long to meet the goals...
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