It's Now Much Easier To Get A Priority Patent Filing Date

Law360, New York (November 5, 2013, 12:54 PM EST) -- As part of efforts to unify international procedural rules for patent applicants, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently released new rules that have important procedural consequences generally deemed to be quite favorable for patent applicants and owners. The new rules go into effect on Dec. 18, 2013, and affect several significant aspects of obtaining patent protection, particularly in reducing the requirements to receive an application filing date — a critical date in the patent prosecution process — and the requirements to revive an abandoned application. This is good news for patent applicants when filing in the United States.

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