Smith Quoted on the USPTO Procedures

09 February 2012 Managing Intellectual Property News

Managing Intellectual Property

In an article on the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) proposed rules on proceedings mandated by the America Invents Act, Partner Matthew Smith said the rules will emphasize a shift in representation from patent prosecution professionals to patent litigation professionals. Smith predicted that more exceptions will be made that allow non-registered attorneys to practice before the USPTO, noting that new proceedings cannot be staffed exclusively by patent prosecutors.

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