DRAFT Form SB/206, Listing of Commonly Owned Applications and Patents.
The USPTO has released a DRAFT of form SB/206, the “separate paper” required under the new 37 CFR 1.78(f), along with instructions on how to properly use the form. The separate paper must identify a serial number of any co-pending application that is filed within 2 months (before and after), shares a common inventor, and is owned or assigned to a same person. The new rule 78(f) was previously discussed by the AT! here and will become effective on November 1, 2007.
A copy of the DRAFT form may be downloaded from the AT! by clicking on the following link: Form SB206 – DRAFT. A FINAL version of this form, and other forms related to the new continuations rules, will be posted by the USPTO in October here.