Tag: US PTO

Luck/Unluck of the Draw: An Empirical Study of Examiner Allowance Rates

Sean Tu

The United States Patent and Trademark Office is tasked with reading and reviewing patent applications to determine those applications which qualify for patent protection. Each application is reviewed by a specific patent examiner who should apply the standards of patentability in an even, fair, unbiased and consistent manner. This task requires the examiner not only to be internally consistent with the applications she reviews, but consistent with the behavior of other examiners within the same art unit. I find this may not be the case.... Read more about Luck/Unluck of the Draw: An Empirical Study of Examiner Allowance Rates

  • August 29, 2012
  • Stan. Tech. L. Rev. 10