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New Rules — What Now?

Law360 (October 18, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- What do you need to be doing now with your pending patent applications?

The United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) has finalized new rules that will substantially impact the way some patent applications will be prepared and the options available for all currently pending and future applications.

In summary, the new rules limit the number of applications that can be filed within a patent family and the number of claims that may be filed on a particular invention, regardless of the number of separate applications...
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