Federal court strikes down new patent rules Devin Montgomery at 5:44 PM ET
[JURIST] The US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] on Tuesday rejected new US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) [official website] rules [FR final rule notice, PDF] that would have retroactively limited the number of claims that can be included in a patent application and the number of times a continuation application can be filed for a given invention. The court ruled [PDF text] that the new rules were "substantive in nature" and therefore beyond the scope of the USPTO's authority to govern the submission procedure of patent application.
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