• The Federal Circuit Concludes that the USPTO's Claims and Continuation Rules Are Procedural Changes, Not Substantive Ones, but Rule Limiting on Continuing Applications Is Contrary to the Patent Act
  • April 1, 2009
  • Law Firm: Alston & Bird LLP - Atlanta Office
  • On March 20, 2009, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit handed down its decision in Tafas v. Doll, reversing in part a decision of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia that permanently enjoined the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO or the "Office") from implementing its highly controversial proposed claims and continuation rules.