Changes to Patent Practice: The USPTO’s New Rules to Shorten Patent Prosecution Time

more+
less-

For the past several years, the USPTO has been faced with a backlog of patent applications that has raised criticism about the time it takes to issue a patent as well as about the quality of issued patents. In an attempt to address these problems, beginning in January 2006, The PTO proposed several rule changes that would affect how patent applications will be examined. The new rules issued on

August 21, 2007, are the result after several hearings and over 500 public comments.

The new rules limit the number of claims that can be filed and the number of continuation applications and requests for continued examination that can be filed without justification. An applicant that exceeds limits on claim numbers must present justification in an Examination Support

Document that will become part of the patent’s file history.

The new rules purportedly become effective on November 1, 2007. However, in effect, some rules apply retroactively to pending applications filed prior to that date, and some rules have effect as of the August 21 publication date.

LOADING PDF: If there are any problems, click here to download the file.

Written by:

more+
less-

Morrison & Foerster LLP on:

JD Supra Readers' Choice 2016 Awards
Reporters on Deadline

"My best business intelligence, in one easy email…"

Your first step to building a free, personalized, morning email brief covering pertinent authors and topics on JD Supra:

Sign up to create your digest using LinkedIn*

*By using the service, you signify your acceptance of JD Supra's Privacy Policy.

Already signed up? Log in here

*With LinkedIn, you don't need to create a separate login to manage your free JD Supra account, and we can make suggestions based on your needs and interests. We will not post anything on LinkedIn in your name. Or, sign up using your email address.
×
Loading...
×
×