• USPTO Softens Blow of New Patent Prosecution Rules
  • October 29, 2007 | Authors: Jeffrey H. Ingerman; Jane T. Gunnison; David P. Halstead
  • Law Firms: Ropes & Gray LLP - New York Office ; Ropes & Gray LLP - Boston Office
  • On October 10, 2007, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a statement clarifying the planned implementation of the final rules that govern patent applications. The rules, which are scheduled to take effect on November 1, would bring about sweeping changes, such as restricting the number of claims that may be filed in a patent application, limiting the number of continuing applications that may be filed from an original patent application, and constraining how and when the priority of earlier applications can be claimed. The October 10 statement relaxes some of the most severe provisions of the final rules.