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Archived updates for Wednesday, September 19, 2007

USPTO Insights on Claim and Continuation Limit Rules

A recording of the Foley & Lardner "Patent Nation (web) Conference" on the USPTO's new claim and continuation limits, featuring USPTO Commissioner Jon W. Dudas and Senior Patent Counsel Robert Bahr, is now available at

The presentation also includes a panel discussion on
  • A checklist of steps to take during the 60-day window before the final rules are effective
  • Scenarios that would justify extra continuations under the final rules
  • The number of continuations filed as a matter of right
  • The "bonus" continuation for transition cases as well as the definition of a "transition" case
  • The importance of "serial divisionals" particularly applicable to companies within the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and nanotechnology industries
featuring Courtenay C. Brinckerhoff, Partner, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Practice; Stephen P. Fox, Former Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property, Hewlett-Packard Company; and Stephen B. Maebius, Partner and Co-Chair, Life Sciences Industry Team
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