Monday, July 06, 2009

USPTO News Shorts

USPTO published final rules on PCT procedure - The USPTO has revised the rules of practice in 37 CFR 1.485 on how applicants may make amendments to the claims in an international application. Under the current PCT Regulations, applicants are required to submit replacement pages for only those pages which contain changes, where under the revised PCT Regulations applicants will be required to submit a complete set of the claims when amending any of the claims. This rule went into effect on July 1, 2009.

Read the notice here (link)

e-Office Action Program Delayed - from the PTO "The e-Office Action Program production launch, scheduled for June 29th, has been delayed. It is currently expected to occur in July. Applicants can still participate in the e-Office Action Pilot Program before the launch by sending an e-mail to the PAIR team at and start taking advantage of the many benefits it offers."

For more information on the e-Office Action Program, see here (link) and here (link).

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