USPTO Slashes Pendency With New Exam Process

Law360, New York (March 15, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Patent applications for ink cartridge technology usually take more than two years to get the green light from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, but the agency slashed 18 months from that average with the first patent issued using its new accelerated examination process, the USPTO said Thursday.

The patent was granted March 13 to a unit of Japanese manufacturer Brother Industries Ltd., which used the recently minted program to file a patent application for a new printer ink gauge in late September 2006. It was...
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