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Archived updates for Friday, November 04, 2005

USPTO Forms Updated

The United States Patent and Trademark Office updated the following forms in October 2005:
SB01 Declaration for Utility or Design Patent Application [2 pages]

SB01A Declaration (37 CFR 1.63) for Utility or Design Application Using An Application Data Sheet (37 CFR 1.76) .

SB16 Provisional Application for Patent Cover Sheet

SB25 Terminal Disclaimer to Obviate a Provisional Double Patenting Rejection over a Pending Second Application

SB64 Petition for Revival of an Application for Patent Abandoned Unintentionally Under 37 CFR 1.137(b) [2 pages]

SB64a Petition for Revival of an Application for Patent Abandoned for Failure to Notify the Office of a Foreign or International Filing (37 CFR 1.137(f))

SB66 Petition to Accept Unintentionally Delayed Payment of Maintenance Fee in an Expired Patent (37 CFR 1.378(c)) [3 pages]

According to the EFS Web News program update for November 2005, "The USPTO will be releasing two PDF fillable forms: the Application Data Sheet and the Information Disclosure Statement. These forms include a rich array of features including pre-populated dropdown lists, a data import capability, and the ability to save and reuse the document."

"One of the key features of EFS-Web is the ability to electronically file PDF documents. This will allow users to create their documents with a popular and easy-to-use technology, independent of any proprietary software. Users can choose which PDF driver they would like to use to create their PDF documents. Detailed PDF Guidelines will be included as a part of the Beta packet. Currently, the EFSWeb team has tested the following PDF Drivers:

OpenOffice Writer

Easy Office

PDF Redirect

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