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From: ts h iells@ga rd ere. co m

Sent: Monday, December 06,1999 12:28 PM

To: regrefo rm

Subject: new drawing rule changes

I have been a patent atto rn ey for about 18 years. I do not agree with the proposed changes to the drawing rules that appear to substantial l y lessen the quality of drawings. Although I would agree that certain objections frequently encountered to drawings (such as margins) may appropriately be reduced, examination of the drawings by an experienced PTO draftsman for compliance with standard drawing protocol (that is frequently known by draftsman but not by patent attorneys) should remain part of the examination system.

Theodore F. Shiells

Gardere & Wynne, L.L.P.



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