USPTO Says Use Of Copyrighted Materials Vital To Patent Apps

Law360, New York (June 12, 2012, 9:01 PM EDT) -- The use of copyrighted literature in the filing of patents is fundamental to the patent system and shouldn't be impeded, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office said Tuesday as it sought to intervene in a copyright infringement suit against McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP.

The USPTO said in its motion to intervene that should publishers John Wiley & Sons Ltd. and American Institute of Physics prevail in their Illinois federal court suit accusing McDonnell of violating their copyrights by using their scientific journal articles in...
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