USPTO Is Reviewing Patent Bar Rules With Diversity In Mind

Law360 (December 16, 2020, 11:02 PM EST) -- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Andrei Iancu said Wednesday that the office is now reviewing its patent bar requirements with an eye on diversity, but cautioned that a concern over frivolous patent litigation might also be keeping women from filing patents of their own.

(Clockwise from top left) Qualcomm Executive Vice President Alex Rogers, USPTO Director Andrei Iancu and Sen. Mazie Hirono speak at an Invent Together panel.

Iancu spoke during a virtual panel put on by Invent Together, a new diversity-focused coalition, about the USPTO's efforts to investigate the low numbers of female patent holders and female licensed patent...

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