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January 24, 2012


"Less than six weeks later, on April 26, 2007, the PTO denied the request, again with no explanation of the inconsistency in the FDA's position on submissions to and notices from the agency."


That's truly a disturbing observation. And why I feel federal agencies should be entitled to NO "Chevron" deference when it comes to interpreting the laws they administer.

Kevin, wasn't this remedied by the APA? I thought it included a section that defined the 60-day term in a way that retroactively made MCO's filing a timely one.

Dear Cranky:

Yes, the AIA did address this, but TMC was still in active litigation with APP. In view of the history of the case, I think TMC wanted to be certain no one was motivated to appeal the retroactive effect of the AIA provisions.

But point taken. Thanks for the comment

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