Fed. Circ. Sides With USPTO In Tafas Case

Law360, New York (March 20, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Sending shock waves across the patent community, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has sided for the most part with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in a long-running legal battle over a set of fiercely contested rules that the agency says are necessary to clear a growing backlog.

In a split decision, the Federal Circuit disagreed with a lower court ruling that four disputed rules exceeded the scope of the agency's rule-making authority. Instead, the Federal Circuit decided all the rules were...
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