Wednesday, April 14, 2010

USPTO considering extending deadline on provisional applications

The USPTO is considering giving applicants with pending provisional patent applications 24 months to file non-provisional applications from the current 12 months. http://www.uspto.gov/news/pr/2010/10_10.jsp

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At April 10, 2012 at 5:09 PM , Blogger Gerard Peregrin said...

The USPTO should consider using the information provided in a provisional patent application to create a database of registered trade secrets. The registered trade secrets could serve as a source of prior art and it could identify the registered owner so that technology developers could license the trade secrets from the inventor. The inventor would not loose any rights during the time s/he attempts to raise revenues from licensees and patent examiners would not treat the trade secrets as published prior art. Now wouldn't that change in process secure inventor property rights while the inventor seeks to raise revenues to proceed through the non-provisional application process?

 

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