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USPTO responds to reports of secret programme to delay approvals

Michael Loney, New York

The USPTO has responded to accusations that it uses the Sensitive Application Warning System programme to delay controversial patents. The Office denies the programme is designed to stall applications and notes it is only used for “a relatively small number” of them

According to Yahoo! Tech, a 50-page document obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton shows the scale and conflicting interests involved in the rules around the programme.

The article says that a patent application that...

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