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USPTO replaces precedent on motions to amend

Ellie Mertens, New York

By designating as precedential a new decision on motions to amend last week, the USPTO is signalling its plans to roll out a proposed amendment pilot programme

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB) February 25 Lectrosonics v Zaxcom decision was designated as precedential on March 7. It provides guidance on motions to amend by specifically defining:

contingent motions to amend; the burden of persuasion; the...

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