Tafas Verdict Is A Setback For Patent Office

Law360, New York (April 7, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO”) has been the subject of a lot of criticism over the past few years.

In some art units, it can take years before an examiner first looks at a newly filed patent application. When an examiner does finally look at the application on the merits, there is a perception that many examiners are allowing applications that should not be allowed or, conversely, are not allowing applications that should be allowed.

This criticism has been reflected in the press, Congress,...
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