Patent Attorneys Cry Foul At PTO Application Changes

Law360, New York (January 5, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- Patent professionals are reacting with frustration to the application requirements proposed by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which they say unfairly shifts the work of patent examiners onto the laps of applicants.

The USPTO is seeking to limit the number of claims reviewed during initial examination and require applicants to file written justifications when completing continuation applications.

More proposed changes are on the horizon as well, including requiring applicants to complete patentability reports with each application, according to John Doll, the USPTO’s commissioner for patent...
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