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USPTO: Claims and Continuations Final Rules to Publish in Late Summer.

Posted in Practice Commentary by Jake Ward on August 1, 2007

According to a recent USPTO press release:

On July 9, 2007, OMB concluded its review of the Continuations and Claims rule changes. The final rules will be made public when they are published in the Federal Register, which is expected to be later this summer. The rules will become effective at least 60 days after publication in the Federal Register, and no earlier than October 1, 2007.

The abstracts of the rules currently available on the Federal Regulatory Information Web site (http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eoViewRule?ruleID=273406 and http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eoViewRule?ruleID=273407) reflect the abstracts of the Continuations and Claims notices of proposed rule-making that were published in January, 2006.

See these previous AT! posts on the background and development of the proposed rules: Continuation Rules Changes Approved by OMB.; A Continuation Christmas in July?; and Proposed Limits on Continuations No More?

They Invented What? (No. 58)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on August 1, 2007

U.S. Pat. No. 5,713,081:  Pantyhose garment with spare leg portion.

  pantyhose

Background:

Millions of women risk embarrassment daily by having to wear pantyhose that have developed runs and other damage to the leg portions thereof to important business and social engagements. Although many women carry a spare pair of pantyhose in a briefcase, purse or car, the spare pantyhose often do not match the outfit being worn. It would be a benefit, therefore, to have a pair of pantyhose that included a spare leg portion that could be quickly and easily switched with the damaged leg portion. It would be a further benefit, if the spare leg portion could be discreetly stored under the wearer’s clothing when not needed. 

Claims: 

1. A pantyhose garment with spare leg portion comprising:

          a panty member having three absorbent crotch members, each absorbent crotch member having a pocket formed therein; and 

          three leg portions secured to said panty member in a manner such that an absorbent crotch member is positioned between any two leg portions, each leg portion having a leg insertion opening in connection with an interior of said panty member.

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