Pilot Program Exposes Bad Rejections At PTO

Law360, New York (January 13, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- A pilot program for appeals at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is on track to save applicants at least $30 million per year, while exposing the fact that many patent applications were indeed rejected erroneously.

“The success of this program shows the patent office was making rejections that should not have been made,” said John Doll, the USPTO’s commissioner for patent resources and planning.

The agency launched the program in July 2005 to save applicants money during the drawn-out appeal-brief process. Originally scheduled for a...
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