“While the spirit of the proposal is admirable, it presents several practical challenges, said Tracy-Gene Durkin, who leads Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC’s mechanical and design practice. For one, writing and administering a stand-alone design bar test could be pricey and distract the PTO from clearing its backlog of pending design patent applications.”

Director Tracy-Gene G. Durkin was quoted in the article “‘Patent Bar Lite’ to Boost Women, Design Protection at PTO (1),” published by Bloomberg Law.

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