A Push By The USPTO For Faster Patent Processing

Law360, New York (January 14, 2014, 9:33 PM EST) -- Investors and acquirers of companies in the life sciences arena are becoming more sophisticated about intellectual property rights such that almost everyone knows the difference between an issued patent and an application that is still pending. This hasn’t always been the case. It is now more important than ever to have a solid patent portfolio of issued patents with defensible claims, rather than a collection of unexamined patent applications with broad, shoot-for-the-moon claims.

The main hurdles in building a significant patent portfolio are the high prosecution...
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