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A patent applicant must use internal Patent and Trademark Office appeals processes even when alleging that the PTO violated its own regulations, the Federal Circuit held in a March 10 unpublished opinion ( George A. Teacherson v. Patent and Trademark Office, No. 99-1465, Fed. Cir.).

A Federal Circuit panel agreed with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, which dismissed the complaint of George A. Teacherson against the PTO on grounds that the District Court lacked jurisdiction to hear the suit and that Teacherson had not exhausted his administrative remedies.

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