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OBLON, SPIVAK, MCCLELLEND, MAIER, & NEUSTADT, P.C.

ATTORNEYS AT LAW

FOURTH FLOOR

1755 JEFFERSON DAVIS HIGHWAY

ARLINGTON, VA 22202 U.S.A.

(703) 413-3000

(703) 413-2220 FACSIMILE

OBLONPAT@OBLON.COM

WWW.OBLON.COM

PATENT, TRADEMARK AND COPYRIGHT LAW

AND RELATED FEDERAL AND ITC LITIGATION

November 20, 1998

Stephen Kunin, Esq.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner

for Patent Policy and Projects

United States Patent and Trademark Office

2121 Crystal Drive

Crystal Park 2

Suite 902

Arlington, Virginia 22202

Dear Steve:

Enclosed are the formal comments of Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt on the 21 Topics in the Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking set forth in the October 5 Federal Register.

We appreciate the Patent and Trademark Office's dealing in such an open way with the major users of the Office's services.

The firm's comments speak for themselves, but I wanted to add my personal concern regarding

the proposals imposing limits or requirements on Information Disclosure Statement submissions. The

changes proposed, in our view, would present enormous difficulties and in many cases unresolvable dilemmas for the users of the patent system.

Given your extensive experience and background, I hope that you will rethink the proposals on IDSs and reach a more workable approach. We would of course be pleased to work with in this matter.

Respectfully submitted,

 

OBLON, SPIVAK, McCLELLAND,

& NEUSTADT, P.C.

Gerald J. Mossinghoff,

Senior Counsel

 

GJM:lnh

Enclosure

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