Tuesday, July 26, 2005

USPTO QUIETLY INSTITUTING "THIRD SET OF EYES" REVIEW: Patent supervisors in May informed examiners that the USPTO was immediately instituting a "third-pair-of-eyes" review of all allowances, due to an unacceptably high error rate in allowed applications corps-wide so far this year. Supervisors also told employees that if examiners show more than 31 additional patentability errors before the end of the fiscal year, the USPTO will fail to meet its own error goal. The agency issued no written notice of this change and informed only some art units, not all.

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