USPTO Proposes Mandatory Examination Delay for Foreign Priority Applications

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The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has proposed a new initiative aimed at providing applicants with greater control over when their applications are examined: see 75 Fed Reg 107, 31763 (June 4, 2010). However, the proposed initiative imposes a severe burden on applications with priority to a foreign-filed application. The new initiative creates the following four categories for patent applications....

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