Risks and rewards of accelerated examination:new procedures at the USPTO, Small Times, www.smalltimes.com
An executive of an emerging nanotechnology company knows all too well the value that investors and others place on the early certainty a patent brings to being able to protect the company’s inventions. However, there is a staggering backlog of more than 2,700 published nanotechnology patent applications at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), translating to an average of four years until issuance.
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Todd R. Miller is a Jones Day Attorney in the Intellectual Property & Technology Practice.
The article reflects the author’s present views, which should not be attributed to the firm or to any of its clients. The author thanks James W. Peterson of Jones Day for his contributions to this article.