White House Unveils Plan For 3-Track Patent Model

Law360, New York (February 7, 2011, 11:57 AM EST) -- The White House is pushing a plan to split the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's application system into a three-tier model in hopes of reducing the office's massive backlog, part of its strategy to unleash technological innovation in the U.S.

The White House Strategy for American Innovation, released Friday, touts the shift to a three-track model for USPTO applications as part of a broad patent reform agenda designed to remove unnecessary barriers and delays to patent application reviews.

USPTO applicants currently face an average wait of...
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