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How first-to-file affects the USPTO

James Nurton, Washington DC

US patent applications were “three to four times” higher than normal in the week before first-to-file came into force on March 16, Acting USPTO Director Teresa Stanek Rea said last week

Speaking at Managing IP’s US Patent Forum, Stanek Rea said the “flurry” of new applications would increase the backlog. But she added that the Office’s aim is to get the backlog permanently below 600,000 applications as soon as possible. In...

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