PTO Shielding Firms From Copyright Liability, Publishers Claim

Law360, New York (April 18, 2013, 4:52 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's unusual decision to intervene in a copyright case and claim that it is fair use for attorneys to reproduce copyrighted journal articles when preparing patent applications is a "raw political effort" to help law firms evade copyright liability, two academic publishers alleged Tuesday.

As part of their copyright suit against Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner PA, the American Institute of Physics and John Wiley & Sons Inc. moved to compel the USPTO to turn over documents about its position that it...
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