Provision Of Reform Bill Will Triple Cost Of Patents

Law360, New York (February 15, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- As the Patent Reform Act of 2007 is being debated in the Senate, one provision of the bill has attracted scant attention but would impose a major burden on future patent seekers. Section 11 of the draft Senate Report on S. 1145 authorizes the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office to mandate that all patent applications be filed together with a search report and patentability analysis.

So-called “applicant quality submissions” would essentially transfer the PTO’s search function from patent examiners to patent applicants and will dramatically increase...
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