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Trouble At the Patent Office

Declan McCullagh reports that the Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, James E. Rogan, stated in an October 15 lecture at the Heritage Foundation that the tide has turned on the high acceptance rate for patent applications. Previously, 65-70% of applications were granted, and now that same percentage are rejected.
The lecture was titled “Reaffirming Intellectual Property Rights in an Information Age,” but it appears that the text was not made available online either by the Heritage Foundation or by the USPTO.

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