Improving Appeal Conferences At The USPTO

Law360, New York (December 3, 2012, 12:16 PM EST) -- Patents can provide incentives for entities to invent and to develop and market ideas. However, to achieve this outcome, examination by the United States Patent and Trademark Office must be structured such that deserving applications are routinely allowed to issue. Assessing such patent-examination quality in an objective manner is difficult. The USPTO currently uses a metric developed in concert with the Patent Public Advisory Committee that focuses on quality of issued actions, use of best practices, efficiency evaluations, and survey-based perceptions of applicants, practitioners and examiners.[1]...
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