Attys Have Key Role In Ensuring Patent Quality, Experts Say

Law360, New York (April 27, 2016, 8:38 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is working hard to improve patent quality, but it cannot do it alone, and attorneys must be sure to draft applications that are clear and understandable in the age of America Invents Act reviews, experts and USPTO officials said at a forum Wednesday.

At a symposium on patent quality at the USPTO headquarters, the agency’s deputy director Russell Slifer said that the office has been “getting our house in order” through a program called the Enhanced Quality Patent Initiative over the past year, but attorneys and applicants also have a role to play to ensure...

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