Rule Changes Challenge Patent Law Practitioners

Law360, New York (May 13, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The travails of the Continuation Rules have dominated IP news in recent times. But other changes with an impact on patent prosecution have been appearing fast and furiously from multiple directions for some time.

Now that we are in a hiatus period, waiting to see if the USPTO will appeal the April 1 Tafas decision, it seems a good time to look at some of these changes and their effect.

The Continuation Rules package with its sweeping changes affecting the number of continuations, RCEs and claims...
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