Continuation and claims rules to publish “later this summer,” will take effect 60 days laterJuly 25, 2007

In a press release today, the USPTO announced that the much-rumored new rules regarding continuation applications and claim limits recently approved by the OMB will publish in the Federal Register "later this summer," and will take effect 60 days after publication. The USPTO notes that the abstracts published with the OMB reflect the abstracts from the rules as originally proposed in January 2006, therefore confirming that the substance of the rules has changed at least somewhat since they were originally proposed.

No specific word, however, on whether the rumors regarding the substance of the rules are accurate.

To read the full press release, click here.

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