3 Years, 3 New US Patent Offices

Law360, New York (November 30, 2011, 6:22 PM EST) -- Scientists are filing an increasing number of patent applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office: nearly tripling from 1990 to 2010.[1] Examiners at the USPTO examine each application to determine whether it should issue as a patent. Examiners must understand applicants’ invention and the applicable law and apply the law to uniquely worded applications.

Otherwise, an applicant may be unfairly denied a patent and/or forced to spend additional money during an extended “prosecution” of the patent. Meanwhile, erroneously allowing patent claims to issue may...
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