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December 1, 1999

December 1, 1999

Dear Sir:

I am writing you in concern over the proposal to eliminate "unnecessary" formal requirements for patent drawings. In an effort to speed the and lower the cost of the patenting process the opposite may actually be accomplished.

Drawings printed in the Gazette will be difficult to read and comprehend. Poor line quality and illegible nomenclature could lead to costly mistakes. Searchers and the public alikemay have problems accurately interpreting l ow quality drawings. Ambiguities will make it difficult for one to be sure he/she is not infringing on existing patents.

Since the examiner will also use this "prior art" as a tool to determine the patentability of a new patent, it is of importance that the "prior art" is not of questionable integrity. This could effect the review process, making it slower and more tedious than need be.

Possibly, bonded patent draftsmen could be introduced to produce clear, accurate drawings that would be filed with the already required formal specification. With this theexaminer will have the necessary tools to make quick and decisive decisions that will speed the process. Your consideration in this matter is much appreciated.

Sincerely yours,

Roland Bauer

United States Patent and Trademark Office
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