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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 ( and 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?

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