December 27, 2012
Hal Wegner reports that "several dozen - or scores of hundreds - of patent applications remain pending" that predate the 1995 GATT treaty. If granted, these patents would have a 35-year term from filing date (20 is nominal), lasting to 2030. IPO Daily News reports that the patent backlog remains unchecked, holding steady at 1.25 million pending applications for the past three years. After an examiner hiring surge this past year, the only improvement is time to first office action.
Posted by Patent Hawk at December 27, 2012 1:15 AM | The Patent Office