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August 20, 2007

New PTO Rules Webcast

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will hold a special webcast on Thursday, August 23, 2007, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern/10:00 a.m. Pacific on new claims and continuations rules that will allow the agency to continue to make the patent examination process more effective and efficient by encouraging applicants to use greater clarity and precision in describing the scope of their inventions. The new rules will be published in the Federal Register August 21, available at www.uspto.gov after 12:00 PM on August 21, 2007 and will be effective on November 1, 2007.

During this live, two-hour webcast, USPTO officials will explain the new rules and answer questions. The presentation and audio for this event will be streamed over the Internet. All participants need is a computer with an Internet connection, sound card, speakers and the ability to view Windows Media presentations.

To register for the free webcast, click on the following link:


Remember, this webcast on the new rules for claims and continuations will be held Thursday, August 23rd at 1:00 p.m. Eastern/10:00 a.m. Pacific and requires registration. Don't miss this important announcement.

An advance copy of the presentation will be made available to registrants prior to the event.

We encourage you to share this invitation with your colleagues and we look forward to your participation at this important event.

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Posted by Patent Hawk at August 20, 2007 2:46 PM | Prosecution


Okay, I'm disgusted. This little web seminar is being touted under the nom de plume of "Clarity Moves Innovation."

Posted by: Patent Hawk at August 22, 2007 5:07 PM

Damn straight - lets not focus on how our examiner's are performing, the lousy nature of some of the most recent examinations I've been receiving, instead lets make it so I have to provide the Examiner with a fully responded case for every conceivable rejection up front. Oh, and not to mention there is no case law on how the ESD will be used - unless you look at the SAME requirements for expedited practice which almost all practitioners I know try to avoid like the plague. Hey, lets just switch to the German system already - register the damn applications and challenge them only when they become relevant.

I have to say, I'm really considering getting out of this business. Maybe I should go to truck driving school or maybe move to Canada? This is just ridiculous.

Hey, anyone that files an ESD - do you think you'll get a rejection? I was interested in this - if you write up the action and the responses, what examiner in his right mind will object? How is this a better system??


Posted by: PeevedPracticioner at August 23, 2007 10:58 AM