USPTO Plan To Speed Up Patent Apps Will Limit Protection

Law360, New York (June 12, 2014, 8:18 PM EDT) -- A new U.S. Patent and Trademark Office program in which software patent applications will be processed more quickly if they include a glossary defining key terms presents a tough choice for applicants, attorneys say, since getting a patent faster will come at a cost of reducing the protection it provides.

The USPTO said that the voluntary pilot program, which launched last week, will help provide clearer boundaries for patents and prevent litigation over them later. Defining key terms will certainly increase patent clarity for applicants that participate, attorneys say, but it will also restrict how they can be enforced.

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