Professor Christopher Buccafusco and Professor Jeanne Curtis co-authored an article on Law360 titled "USPTO Should Fix Costly And Biased Design Patent Bar Rules."
The article makes the cases that the U.S. Patent Trademark Office's strict eligibility rules "dramatically restrict the number of attorneys who are able to prosecute patents. There are only 43,000 registered patent attorneys and agents in the U.S., although the number of actively practicing members is likely closer to 25,000. Not surprisingly, this restriction in the supply of eligible patent attorneys increases the price of obtaining and challenging patents."
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