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U.S. Wants to Curtail Add-On Patents to Reduce Backlog

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Science  28 Jul 2006:
Vol. 313, Issue 5786, pp. 425-427
DOI: 10.1126/science.313.5786.425a

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Although the comment period closed in May, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's proposal to limit so-called continuations, in which companies add detail to a pending patent application, continues to generate buzz among the intellectual-property community. (Read more.)