When patents expire and start working again
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By Alex Hernández / Staff reporterAUSTIN, Texas — The American Intellectual Property Office says it will continue to allow patent applications to be filed for a limited time, even after the expiration of some of the agency’s key patents.
In a statement Friday, the agency said it is not changing its policy for patents that are not yet eligible for expiring.
It said the agency will continue issuing expiring patents in its patent filing system.
In January, the patent office issued an order that said that patents that have expired should not be filed after a specific time.
The order was issued after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the administration’s new patent policy in the case of the patent on the “hot seat” seatbelt.
It was an outcome that critics said undermined the ability of the government to make important scientific breakthroughs and protect Americans’ health.
The ruling was a setback for many in the technology and science communities, who have long been critical of the administration for its refusal to grant the patents that would have allowed them to keep working on safer technology.
By Alex Hernández / Staff reporterAUSTIN, Texas — The American Intellectual Property Office says it will continue to allow patent…