Comments on July 2007 Examination of Patent Applications That Include Claims Containing Alternative Language

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On or prior to October 7, 2008, the organizations and persons listed below have submitted comments in response to the Change to Practice for Documents Submitted to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Notice of Proposed Rule Making, first published in the Federal Register at 73 Fed. Reg. 45662 (August 6, 2008) and then published in the Official Gazette at 1335 Off. Gaz. Pat. Office 55 (October 7, 2008).

It is hoped that the public will review this list of comments submitted on or prior to October 7, 2008, to determine if it is complete. If any person or organization has submitted comments on or prior to October 7, 2008, but it is not included in this listing, please submit the comment by electronic mail message to, or contact Raul Tamayo, by telephone at (571) 272-7728.

The comments below are grouped into the following categories: intellectual property organizations and government agencies, corporations and associations, law firms, and individuals. Each comment is attributed to the individual submitting the comment unless the comment indicates it is made on behalf of an organization.

Please note that the following documents are posted as originally received in the BPAI Rules inbox but may contain spelling corrections, artifacts of scanning, OCR, or document format conversion.

A. Intellectual Property Organizations and Government Agencies

  1. American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) [PDF]

B. Corporations and Associations

  1. International Trademark Association (INTA) [PDF]
  2. Miller Patent Services, Inc. [PDF]
  3. Novo Nordisk, Inc. [PDF]

C. Law Firms

  1. Cantor Colburn LLP [PDF]
  2. Sughrue Mion, PLLC [PDF]

D. Individuals

  1. Hoover, Allen [PDF]
  2. Hoover, Allen (2) [PDF]
  3. Lazarus, Richard [PDF]
  4. Protsik, Mark [PDF]
  5. Rules, Lester [PDF]
  6. Serafini, Franco A. [PDF]
  7. Shapiro, Mitchell W. [PDF]
  8. Soifer, Jonathan [PDF]
  9. Stanley, Alice K. [PDF]
  10. Street, Renee M. [PDF]
  11. Wolfeld, Warren [PDF]