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Houston Intellectual Property Law Association



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Houston Intellectual Property Law Assn. c% University of Houston Law Center Houston, Texas 77204?6371 Tel: 713824?4752 (T.3l22HIPLA) www.hiplaore
CRAIG M. LUNDELL, President
Howrey Simon Arnold & White, LLP
750 Bering Drive
Houston, TX 77057
Tel: 713/787?141 s; Fax: 713/787?1440
lundellc®howrey.com
SARAH T. HARRIS, President Elect
Haynes 8c Boone, LLC
1000 Louisiana, Suite 4300
Houston, TX 77002
Tel: 713/547?2278; Fax: 713/547?2300
CHARLES B. WALKER, JIL, Secretary
Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.
1301 MeKitutey, Suite 5100
Houston, TX 77010?3o9s
Tel: 713/651?5407; Fax: 713/651?5246
cwalker©fulbrightcom
DOUGLAS W. ROMMELMANN, Treasrver
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP
711 Louisiana, suite 1900
Houston, TX 77002
Tel: 713/220?5800; Fax: 713836?0822
drommelmannQakingump.com
BOARD OF DIRECTOR
(Includes officers above).
KIMBERLY L. MULLER
Immediate Past President
Shell Oil Company
GORDON T. ARNOLD
NCIPLA Delegate
Arnold & Associates
Terms EVining 2W4
PATRICIA A. METER
ConocoPhillips
D. BRIT NELSON
Locke Liddell tit Sapp, LLP KEITH R DERRINGTON Keith R Derrington, P.C.
Terns Expiring in 2005
STEPHEN P. KOCH
Univation Technologies
JAYME PARTRIDGE
Slusser Wilson Rc Partridge, LLP
HOWARD i~ SPEIGH'I
Baker & Botts LLP
Houston Intellectual Property Law Association
RECE'iVED
IAN 2 7° 2004
January 23, 2004
Box Comments ? Patents, Commissioner of Patents
United States Patent and Trademark Office
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Alexandria VA 22313?1450
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Dear Director:
The Houston Intellectual Property Law Association (HIPLA) writes with respect to the request for comments regarding the proposed USPTO rule makings set out at 68 Federal Register 66648 (November 16, 2003) (comments due on January 26, 2004), 68 Federal Register 67818 (December 4, 2003) (comments due on January S, 2004), and 68 Federal Register 69442 (December 12, 2003) (comments due on January 26, 2004). HIPLA requests that the USPTO provide an additional .60 days for the public to consider and provide comments concerning these proposed rule makings.

HIPLA is an association of over 400 lawyers and other professionals who work in the Houston, Texas area. The practice of most of the HIPLA membership relates in substantial part to the field of intellectual property law. Founded in 1961, HIPLA is one of the largest regional associations of intellectual property practitioners.

? HIPLA yhas briefly reviewed the above referenced proposed rule makings and believes that they address issues that are fundamental to the practice of patent law before the USPTO. Consequently, HIPLA would like to review the proposed rule makings carefully, to provide an analysis to its members, and to receive and organize comments from its members to provide to the USPTO. The existing schedule,
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requiring comments by January 5, 2004, which has already passed, and January 26, 2004, does not provide adequate time for this process, especially considering (a) the volume of the proposed rule makings (over 150 pages); (b) the fact that the comment period included the end?of?year period, which is a traditionally busy time for patent lawyers, and (c) the fact that the comment period included the end?ofyear holiday period. Accordingly, HIPLA requests that the USPTO provide an additional 60 days to comment on the reference rule makings.

HIPLA looks forward to providing comments on these proposed rules and would be pleased to help in any way.
Very truly yours,
Craig M. Lundell
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