On November 1, 2007, the PTO’s new rules will become effective. Those claims will limit the number of continuation applications that may be filed as well as the number of claims included in each application.
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Of interest is the following statement from the PTO’s Rule Change FAQ: “[A]pplicant may file as many continuation or CIP applications as applicant wants between August 21, 2007 and October 31, 2007, without a petition and showing, regardless of the number of previously filed continuing applications.”