RCE Docketing Change: What Will Be The Impact?

Law360, New York (November 16, 2009, 3:43 PM EST) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently issued a "Notice of Change to Docketing of Requests for Continued Examination" stating that all requests for continued examination (RCEs) filed on or after Nov. 15, 2009, will be placed on the examiner's special new application docket.

All RCEs filed prior to Nov. 15, 2009 will continue to be placed on the examiner's amended docket.

This is a substantial change which will likely have a significant impact on the prosecution of patent applications in the future.

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