On September 28, 2015, the Federal Circuit held that a federal district court properly remanded a state prosecution of a patent owner for violating Vermont consumer protection laws with allegedly false demand letters. Full text of opinion available here.
USPTO launced a Petitions Timeline regarding types of petitions that can be filed at various stages of prosecution (prior to examination, during examination, after close of prosecution, allowance/after payment of issue fee, post issuance), the average time to decision and rate of grant, and the deciding office. For more information, please see here.
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