Easing the way for inventors
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) has adopted new rules that make it easier and cheaper for entre-preneurs and inventors to apply for patent protection.
The changes include simplifying the requirement for establishing small-entity status. This lets companies submit applications with lengthy computer programs or biotechnology sequence data via CD-ROM or other electronic formats. Accommodating the short economic life of technology patents, the new rules also expedite the application process for designs.
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