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USPTO e-COMMERCE e-ALERT Special Edition

As a valued Patents e-Commerce customer, we wanted to share this important message from the USPTO’s Commissioner for Patents, John Doll, with you.

Reminder: Claims and Continuations Rules Effective Nov. 1
I want to take this opportunity to remind you that on November 1, 2007, the new claims and continuations rules will go into effect.  These new rules were two years in the making and are based on extensive research, outreach to thousands of applicants, and comments from over 500 patent stakeholders in response to the original Notices of Proposed Rule Making which were published in the Federal Register in January of 2006. 

The USPTO is certain that these rules will make the patent process more effective and efficient and we appreciate your cooperation.  To ensure a smooth transition on November 1st, we are clarifying certain provisions of the rules and making some procedural adjustments.  An Official Gazette notice describing these changes is available at the following link
and will be published in the Official Gazette on November 6, 2007.

The USPTO recognizes that you play a significant role in providing the USPTO with quality applications which allow examiners to provide better quality examinations resulting in high quality patents.
Thank you again for your interest and cooperation in making our intellectual property system better, stronger and more vibrant worldwide.

John Doll
Commissioner for Patents
United States Patent and Trademark Office

If further information is needed concerning the Claims and Continuation Final Rule, please contact the Office of Patent Legal Administration, by telephone at (571) 272-7704, or by e-mail at


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