"Dog Ate My Homework" Bill Stirs Controversy

Law360, New York (June 19, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- After a major drug company missed its patent extension deadline by one day, a bill has been proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives that would give the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office discretion with tardy filings.

Nicknamed by one critic group as the “Dog Ate My Homework Act,” the law would allow the Patent and Trademark Office to accept an application if it was filed no more than five days late and if the applicant can show the delay was unintentional.

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