June 26, 2006

This post includes three tidbits from the USPTO from the end of last week, First, the USPTO recently created a list of granted and pre-grant publication documents that have been or soon will be classified in Class 705 (Data Processing: Financial, Business Practice, Management, Cost/Price Determination), Sub 36T (Tax Strategies). The list currently includes 42 issued patents and 61 published applications. Second, it was announced that as of last Wednesday, only one person had submitted a comment to the USPTO in response to the Clarification of Filing Date Requirements for Ex Parte and Inter Partes Reexamination Proceedings (Interim Rule) that was published in the Federal Register and the Official Gazette earlier this year. Third, and as you may have already seen, the USPTO has revised its website once again, the current revision being one of the more substantive ones to occur in a while. One new feature is that from the homepage, you can click on the “Patents” button and a list of 16 commonly used referenced links are presented for quick access to items like searches, fees, and forms. The USPTO is welcoming comments regarding its updated website.

U.S. Patent Classification News Release: LINK
705/36T Document Listing: LINK
USPTO Comment List: LINK
Original Federal Register (with Comment Request): LINK
Joseph Cohen’s Comments: LINK
Updated USPTO Homepage: LINK
Comments Regarding the Updated USPTO Homepage can be E-mailed HERE

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