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USPTO Rescinds New Rules

The USPTO has rescinded controversial new rules limiting continuation applications. The rules were scheduled for implementation as of August 2007. Since then the USPTO received a great deal of negative feedback relating to the new rules. It has also had to battle a lawsuit through the Federal District and Circuit Courts. Due to the lawsuits the USPTO had not been able to implement the rules. Based on this lawsuit and the negative feedback from the patent community at large the director of the USPTO, David Kappos, decided to rescind the new rules as of September 21, 2009. In addressing his decision Mr. Kappos stated, "The USPTO should incentivize innovation, develop rules that are responsive to its applicants' needs and help bring their products and services to market," and that, "in taking the actions we are announcing today, we hope to engage the applicant community more effectively on improvements that will help make the USPTO more efficient, responsive, and transparent to the public."

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