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Rules seek to curb BPAI backlog

Eileen McDermott, New York

The Hyatt v Kappos decision is particularly significant, as the number of appeals being heard by the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI) has increased exponentially in recent years

According to the USPTO's fiscal year statistics, in the 2006 financial year there were 3,349 ex parte patent appeals filed, compared to 15,483 filed in 2009.

As of October 2010, there were 18,436 appeals pending at the BPAI....

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