How Patent Procedures Will Change Under Patent Law Treaty

Law360, New York (November 15, 2013, 12:33 PM EST) -- On Dec. 18, 2013, new U.S. patent laws and rules go into effect to implement the Patent Law Treaty, which the U.S. ratified in 2007. The PLT seeks to harmonize and streamline requirements associated with filing and processing patent applications in patent offices of its contracting parties. The changes in U.S. law to implement the PLT are detailed in a final rule issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Oct. 21, 2013.[1]

While the PLT applies only to applications permitted for filing as an...
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