In an article published January 22, 2007, in a special Intellectual Property section of the New York Law Journal, Baker Botts lawyers Paul Fehlner (partner, New York) and Lisa Chiarini (associate, New York) discuss proposed changes to patent practice for continuing applications.
About a year ago the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) proposed changes for continuing applications that would permit only one continued application filing as of right; a “continued application” not only includes continuation applications, but also continuation-in-part applications and requests for continued examinations. These proposals, Fehlner and Chiarini write, “caused alarm and much criticism among many patent practitioners as well as their clients.
“However, the rules proposed by the PTO are not the only threat to continuation practice.”
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