Easing the way for inventors
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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) has adopted new rulesthat make it easier and cheaper for entre-preneurs and inventors toapply for patent protection.
The changes include simplifying the requirement for establishingsmall-entity status. This lets companies submit applications withlengthy computer programs or biotechnology sequence data via CD-ROMor other electronic formats. Accommodating the short economic lifeof technology patents, the new rules also expedite the applicationprocess for designs.
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