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PCT, International Applications Referenced Items (357, 358, 359, 360, 361, 362, 363, 364, 365, 366, 367, 368, 369, 370, 371, 372, 373, 374, 375)
(370)                  Notice Regarding Modification of
                       Time Limits Fixed in Article 22(1)

   The International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property
Organization (WIPO) has notified the United States Patent and Trademark
Office (USPTO) that the following twenty-four (24) countries have
indicated that the change to PCT Article 22 is incompatible with their
national laws:

   AU Australia                 JP Japan
   BG Bulgaria                  KR Republic of Korea
   BR Brazil                    LU Luxembourg
   CH Switzerland               NO Norway
   CN China                     SE Sweden
   DK Denmark                   SG Singapore
   EE Estonia                   SK Slovakia
   FI Finland                   TZ United Republic of Tanzania
   GB United Kingdom            UG Uganda
   HR Croatia                   YU Yugoslavia
   HU Hungary                   ZA South Africa
   IL Israel                    ZM Zambia

   Applicants are cautioned that a Demand for international
preliminary examination must be filed by nineteen (19) months from the
earliest claimed priority date in order to delay national stage entry
in these countries until thirty (30) months from the earliest claimed
priority date.

   For more information regarding these changes, applicant should
see the WIPO website at under
"Notifications concerning non applicability (as of April 1, 2002) of
new (30-month) time limit under modified Article 22(1)" and "FAQ's
on the effect of the modification of PCT Article 22(1) time limit."

   Applicants merely interested in postponing national stage
entry until thirty (30) months from the earliest claimed priority date
in the above listed countries, may file with the Demand, a request to
waive both the written opinion and the international preliminary
examination report with the USPTO.

March 5, 2002                                              STEPHEN G. KUNIN
                                                    Deputy Commissioner for
                                                  Patent Examination Policy

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