Speeding Up USPTO Patent Appeals

Law360, New York (January 27, 2012, 1:04 PM EST) -- When a patent application has been finally rejected by a patent examiner, the owner of the patent application can appeal that decision to the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. In an effort to reduce the burden on owners and patent examiners, the United States Patent and Trademark Office announced changes to its rules for ex parte appeals to the board from a final rejection of a patent application by the patent examiner.

The new rules, which went into effect on Jan. 23, 2012, are limited...
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