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(Message started by: IP4me on Aug 20th, 2007, 8:41pm)

Title: New Rules effective on November 1, 2007
Post by IP4me on Aug 20th, 2007, 8:41pm
From PTO's website.  

"The Department of Commerceís United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will publish tomorrow in the Federal Register new rules that will allow the agency to continue to make the patent examination process more effective and efficient by encouraging applicants to use greater precision in describing the scope of their inventions.  The new rules will be effective on November 1, 2007."

Title: Re: New Rules effective on November 1, 2007
Post by IP4me on Aug 20th, 2007, 8:42pm
Specifics...

The new rules have been modified, relative to the rules that were originally proposed early last year, in response to the extensive comments the USPTO received from the public.  Under the new rules, applicants may file two new continuing applications and one request for continued examination as a matter of right.  Also, under the new rules, each application may contain up to 25 claims, with no more than five of them independent claims, without any additional effort on the part of the applicant.  Beyond these thresholds, however, the new rules require applicants to show why an additional continuation is necessary or to provide supplementary information relevant to the claimed invention to present additional claims.




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