USPTO Time Goal Changes Could Improve Patent Quality

Law360, New York (November 21, 2016, 3:28 PM EST) -- Adjusting the time goals for U.S. Patent and Trademark Office examiners could improve patent examination and the overall quality of issued patents, former examiners and attorneys say, though some of the onus falls on applicants to do what they can to help streamline the process.

The USPTO last week hosted the first in a series of planned roundtable discussions around the country, seeking feedback on the amount of time patent examiners have to examine a patent application. The discussions are part of an ongoing effort from the office to improve patent quality.

Former examiners and patent attorneys welcome the USPTO's initiative...

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