2 Court Rulings Could Lengthen Term Of Many US Patents

Law360, New York (November 16, 2012, 1:05 PM EST) -- In a major victory for patent holders, two different federal courts recently ruled that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s interpretation of the statute governing the term of a patent, which the USPTO has been implementing for the past decade, is wrong. The rulings are expected to lengthen the term of many patents that the USPTO takes more than three years to grant. However, in some instances applicants or patentees must act immediately to preserve their rights.

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