Examining the USPTO
With a backlog of applications threatening to overwhelm examiners, large parts of the patent community furious about its recently implemented rules package and two lawsuits pending against it, the USPTO is facing unprecedented criticism. Eileen McDermott considers why practitioners are angry. Plus: Director Jon Dudas responds to the critics
There are 800,000 unexamined patent applications sitting on
the shelf at the USPTO today. To make matters worse, the Office
continues to receive another 400,000 applications each year,
and that number is only likely to increase. As a result
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