NAME: WILMOT MCCUTCHEN COMPANY: HOUSTON INVENTORS ASSOCIATION ADDR-1: SUITE 105 2916 WEST T. C. JESTER BOULEVARD CITY, STATE ZIP: HOUSTON, TX 77018-7051 TELEPHONE: (713)686-7676 FAX: (713)957-4344 REPRESENT: COMPANY ------- 015-0001.TXT We zre in favor of the pendin,~ legislation to amend so ~ to provido for a p tent telm of 20 years from hling or 17 years from issue, whichever ~reatcr. ------- 015-0002.TXT Delays in fundamental patents can run much longer than S years, ic maximtlm ~ctension under 1.701(b). Uthere dze telay is not ie fault of the applicant, why should thuro bo this maximum pplied? Tho effectivc patent teml of su~ fundamental pateak (especially with ~e challenges to be expBctod to arise from the 18-montb publication schemo) will be much shorter than the minimum 20 years under GA1z. ------- 015-0003.TXT Tho concern mnffi submarine patents cul be addressed by using publication penalty for dilatory prosecution, svhich is io sort of apecid circumstance under 35 USC 122 that tho Commissioner cun make rules to address. However, as svc have oxplained in moro tetail in our comment5 about tho 1 8-month publication rulc, wo do not beliove iat ffie Commissioner can repeal this statute by A ruJo that a11 applications must be publisheD.
Last Modified: March 1995