The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) experiences overwhelming demand for patents in class 705: Business Methods. The current resource and process design are not adequate to handle the incoming patents, and the result is extremely long waits for patents are granted. This technical note describes the history of the USPTO, the business methods of the class, and the procedure for the grant of patents.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) experiences overwhelming demand for patents in class 705: Business Methods. The current resource and process design are not adequate to handle the incoming patents, and the result is extremely long waits for patents are granted. This technical note describes the history of the USPTO, the business methods of the class, and the procedure for the grant of patents.
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Raul Chao,
Lauran McCray
26 pages.
Release date: 25 November 2008. Prod #: UV1081-PDF-ENG
United States Patent and Trademark Office: Closing the Gap on Pendency of Class 705 Business Methods HBR case solution

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