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Archived updates for Thursday, March 01, 2007

USPTO Proposes Rules for Implementing PCT Filing Error Correction

On February 16, 2006, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO or Office) proposed amending the rules of practice in title 37 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) to conform them to certain amendments made to the Regulations under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) that will take effect on April 1, 2007.

These amendments will result in the addition of a mechanism to the PCT system whereby applicants may request that the right to claim priority be restored in applications that meet certain requirements. In addition, these
amendments will provide a means for applicants to insert a missing portion of an international application without the loss of the international filing date. These amendments also will clarify the circumstances and procedures under which the correction of an obvious mistake may be made in an international application. Finally, the Office is proposing to revise the search fee for international applications.

Written comments must be received on or before March 19, 2007. No public hearing will be held.
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