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New US law to simplify patent application process

Alli Pyrah, New York

A new law which will streamline patent applications and attempt to harmonise the US patent system with procedures abroad was passed by Congress this week.

The Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012 was passed by Congress on Wednesday and is expected to be signed into law by President Obama.

It incorporates provisions from two treaties ‑ the Hague Agreement Concerning International Registration of Industrial...

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