Cheaper, Faster Appeal Of Claims Rejections At USPTO

Law360, New York (October 25, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Appealing claims rejections at the USPTO will be cheaper and faster with the initial success of a pilot program at the patent-issuing agency. The program forces examiners to formally justify their decisions much sooner and with less financial burden to the applicant.

More than 800 applicants have taken advantage of the program since it was launched in mid-July by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which has come under increased scrutiny amid patent reform on Capitol Hill and is working on several reform initiatives. This particular...
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