Fewer Than a Third of Companies Surveyed Expect to File More Patent Applications This Year Than Last

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Forty-one percent of companies expect to file fewer U.S. patent applications this year than last year, according to a new Intellectual Property Owners Association patent filings survey, but lawyers say foreign filings have dropped more steeply. The findings, based on responses from 85 companies, indicate that a sizable minority, or 29 percent of responding companies, expect to file more U.S. patent applications this year than in 2008.

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