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Examiners' union criticises Lemley study

Eileen McDermott, New York

A study claiming that USPTO examiners ignore prior art submitted by applicants has earned the wrath of the head of the patent examiners' union

Robert Budens, president of the Patent Office Professional Association (POPA), dubbed the study's authors - professors Mark Lemley, Chris Cotropia and Bhaven Sampat - "biased" and said that their paper asks the wrong fundamental question.

"What they should be asking is whether...

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