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Revival Of USPTO Rules Spurs Call For Appeal

Law360 (March 26, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Stunned by a decision that in one fell swoop brought back to life most of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s contentious rules to root out prosecution abuses and shrink the application backlog, many intellectual property experts say they believe the ruling is ripe for appeal.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit last week revived three of the four rules struck down by a district court last April, handing the USPTO much broader rule-making powers than many had anticipated.

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