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|Top of Notices (359) December 27, 2011||US PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE||Print This Notice 1373 CNOG 2518|
|PCT, International Applications||Referenced Items (357, 358, 359, 360, 361, 362, 363, 364, 365, 366, 367, 368, 369, 370, 371, 372, 373, 374, 375)|
(359) USPTO to Cease Supplying Paper Copies of Cited U.S. Patent References in International Applications In June 2004, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office or USPTO) began the phase-in of its E-Patent Reference program by: (1) providing downloading capability of the U.S. patents and U.S. patent application publications cited in Office actions via the E-Patent Reference feature of the Office's Patent Application Information Retrieval (PAIR) system; and (2) ceasing to mail paper copies of cited U.S. patents and U.S. patent application publications with office actions. A notice announcing these changes was published in the Official Gazette. See USPTO to Provide Electronic Access to Cited U.S. Patent References with Office Actions and Cease Supplying Paper Copies, 1282 Off. Gaz. Pat. Office 109 (May 18, 2004). The same notice also announced an exception, with respect to item (2), for citations made during the international stage of an international application under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). Effective upon publication of this notice in the Official Gazette, international applications will no longer be subject to the previously announced exception. Specifically, the USPTO will no longer mail paper copies of cited U.S. patents and U.S. patent application publications in international applications. Applicants may obtain copies of cited U.S. patents and U.S. patent application publications from the USPTO's Internet Web site, from the USPTO Office of Public Records, and/or from commercial sources. The USPTO will continue the practice of supplying paper copies of foreign patent documents and non-patent literature with Office actions. Questions about this notice may be directed to Richard Cole, Senior Legal Examiner, Office of PCT Legal Administration (OPCTLA), at Richard.Cole@uspto.gov. June 11, 2007 JOHN DOLL Commissioner of Patents [1320 OG 22]