Tax Patents: Ball Is In Your Court, PTO Tells Congress

Law360, New York (July 14, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- If Congress doesn’t approve of patents for abusive tax strategies, then it should take action against them, rather than wait for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to do so, the agency’s top lawyer told legislators Thursday.

The USPTO, which gave a lukewarm defense of tax-strategy patents at a Congressional hearing on the topic, said it’s not the responsibility of the agency to regulate morality. Rather, patents will be issued as long as they meet the necessary requirements.

The utility requirement in patent applications, for example,...
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