Issue 142 | December 12, 2003
USPTO Publishes PCT Rule Changes Effective January 1, 2004
 On October 20, 2003, the United States Patent and Trademark Office published amendments to its rules of practice to conform them with changes to WIPO's Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Regulations that will take effect on January 1, 2004. These amendments will result in the addition of a written opinion in PCT Chapter I, as well as a simplification of PCT designations and the PCT fee structure. In addition, the Office is adjusting the transmittal, search, and international preliminary examination fees for international applications filed under the PCT to be more closely aligned with the actual average costs of processing a PCT application and conducting a PCT search and international preliminary examination under the new process.

The new USPTO rules are available at http://www.uspto.gov/web
while more background on these changes is available in the October 2003 issue of WIPO's PCT Newsletter at http://www.wipo.int/pct/en/newslett/
and Issue 82 of the APLF Updates at http://www.aplf.org/mailer/issue82.html.

For more information on these new PCT procedures, please contact the author of this issue of "APLF Patent Law Updates," Bill Heinze (bill.heinze@tkhr.com), at Thomas, Kayden, Horstemeyer & Risley LLP in Atlanta, Georgia USA.

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