The oncoming changes to PTO continuation practice is predicted to significantly increase the number of cases appealed to the PTO’s Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI). In an effort to avoid a new bottleneck, the patent office has proposed a new set of rules designed to help the Board “continue to resolve ex parte appeals in a timely manner.” The rules appear to place more of a burden on applicants to submit appeals that are both clear and precise.
- No public hearing will be held.
- Comments are due September 28, 2007 to BPAI.Rules@uspto.gov.
- For further information, contact Fred E. McKelvey or Allen R. MacDonald at 571-272-9797.
- Read the new rules.