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Continuation Rules Changes Approved by OMB.

Posted in Practice Commentary by Jake Ward on July 10, 2007

As reported by Prof. Crouch at Patently-O, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has apparently approved the USPTO’s proposed continuation and examination rules.  See here and here.  The Patent Bar now anxiously awaits publication of the rules to see whether or how much they have changed since they were originally proposed.

The Patent Baristas note that this approval was given despite the large number of complaints about the rules, and amid the OMB’s odd conclusion that the rules are not “economically significant.”

See these previous AT! posts on the background and development of the proposed rules:  A Continuation Christmas in July? and Proposed Limits on Continuations No More?

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