“Federal Circuit finds new patent rules valid,” Shannon V. McCue, Esq.

Last year the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) implemented widespread changes to the filing procedures required of patent practitioners. These changes have been challenged in the federal courts, with the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) determining that the changes limiting the number of continuation applications were invalid, while the changes limiting number of claims, heightened reporting requirements, and limits on requests for continued examination should be upheld.

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