Provisional patent application process could add one year to GATT patent terms -- D.C. patent attorney.
GATT PROVISIONAL PATENT APPLICATION MANIPULATION COULD ADD ONE YEAR to the effective life of a patent, attorney Teresa Stanek Rea (Burns, Doane, Swecker & Mathis) asserted April 6 at a technology transfer conference in Washington, D.C. sponsored by the Center for Molecular Genetics and the George Washington University National Law Center. Stanek Rea described a scenario in which an innovator could take advantage of rules allowing the filing of "provisional" patent applications to delay the start of the 20 year-from-filing patent term set by the General Agreement on Tariffs & Trade.
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