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Study says USPTO ignores applicants' prior art

Eileen McDermott, New York

A study suggesting that examiners may be ignoring prior art submitted by applicants has intensified the US debate about inequitable conduct laws

Mark Lemley of Stanford Law School, Chris Cotropia of the University of Richmond School of Law and Bhaven Sampat of Columbia University co-authored a paper titled "Do Applicant Patent Citations Matter? Implications for the Presumption of Validity", which presents evidence...

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