The changing face of US patent prosecution
The last two years have seen a number of significant changes to US patent prosecution. As European practitioners we understand the importance of keeping abreast of developments across the Atlantic to ensure a consistent approach to the management of worldwide patent portfolios. Here we review the most recent US developments and the implications of these to our practice. The issues discussed have had a real impact on our strategies for drafting patent applications intended for prosecution in the US, as well as our approach to prosecuting these applications as we seek to obtain worldwide protection for our clients.