ABA IP Section Sends Reform Priorities To Obama

Law360, New York (January 16, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- The American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law is recommending that the Obama administration expand the right of the public to submit prior art in pending patent applications, improve examination practices and not extend the rulemaking authority of the director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, among other things.

In a report sent Thursday to President Barack Obama's transition team, the ABA's IP section pointed out that under current law, a submitter cannot make any kind of statement about the relevance of prior art....
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