Wednesday, March 10, 2010

United States and Great Britain Cooperate to Reduce Patent Backlog

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) are developing a plan to "optimize reuse of work on patent applications that are filed jointly at the USPTO and the UKIPO." With work sharing the offices, rather than the applicants, will "initiate the priority handling of applications." For more information, see the March 10, 2010 press release.