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When is a backlog not a backlog? Joint UK IPO/USPTO research paper published

This is not a pile of paperwork according to the IPO, it's an "inventory"

This is not a pile of paperwork according to the IPO, it’s an “inventory”

The UK IPO and USPTO last week published a working draft report on their joint research effort into the thorny issue of patent backlogs.  The UK IPO’s research group ERE has a post about it on their IPO Facto blog.

Before you stifle your yawn, it’s worth noting that the report contains a few unexpected additions to the debate.   The first is re-naming “backlogs” as inventories or stocks of applications – they sound better already!

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