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Issue 05/23 | June 24, 2005
USPTO Patent Rules Updates

PTC National Stage Search and Examination Fees Reduced

On June 20, 2005, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office) announced that it is reducing the search fee and examination fee for certain PCT applications entering the national stage. The changes in this final rule apply to any search fee paid on or after July 1, 2005, and to any examination fee paid on or after July 1, 2005, in an international application entering the national stage under 35 U.S.C. 371 for which the basic national fee specified in 35 U.S.C. 41 was paid on or after December 8, 2004. For more information, click here.

Three-Dimensional Biological Structural Data Requirement under Consideration

On June 21, 2005, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a notice of proposed rulemaking on "Changes To Implement the Patent Search Fee Refund Provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005." In particular, the Office is proposing to revise the rules of practice to implement the provisions for a refund of the search fee for any applicant who files a written declaration of express abandonment as prescribed by the Office before an examination has been made of the application under 35 U.S.C. 131. For more information, click here.

Proposed Search Fee Refunds for Expressly Abandoned Applications

On June 21, 2005, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a notice of proposed rulemaking on "Changes To Implement the Patent Search Fee Refund Provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005." In particular, the Office is proposing to revise the rules of practice to implement the provisions for a refund of the search fee for any applicant who files a written declaration of express abandonment as prescribed by the Office before an examination has been made of the application under 35 U.S.C. 131. For more Information, click here.

New USPTO Patents Central FAX Number Starting July 15, 2005

On July 15, 2005, the Central Facsimile (FAX) Number will change from 703-872-9306 to 571-273-8300. The official notice also includes an "updated list of exceptions to the centralized delivery and facsimile transmission policy for patent related correspondence." Click here for more information.

If you are interested in staying current with the latest USPTO happenings, contact William F. ("Bill") Heinze (bill.heinze@tkhr.com) at Thomas, Kayden, Horstemeyer & Risley LLP in Atlanta, Georgia USA.

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