January 02, 2008

As noted in the December 26, 2007, Federal Register (link below), the USPTO has decided to revise some of its publication formats effective January 1, 2008. Specifically, the USPTO has discontinued its separate weekly publication of USPTO notices in paper form, and it has also discontinued its annual publication of the consolidated listing of notices pertaining to USPTO practices and procedures, which was also published in paper form. Instead of paper-form distribution, starting this year the USPTO will publish these notices electronically. In addition, and as a result of these changes, the volume and page numbers previously shown in the weekly publications will be carried forward to the electronic notices so that the overall readability will be “enhanced” and so that the public may easily be able to cite specific sections of the electronic notices. According to the USPTO notice, these changes are part of the “Presidential E-Government Initiatives” to “utilize technology in ways that will improve how Federal Agencies serve the public.” The electronic notices (the USPTO’s electronic Official Gazette (“eOG:P”)) will be available at the USPTO link below, along with all eOG:P notices since January, 2007.

Federal Register Excerpt: LINK
USPTO Electronic Notices Webpage: LINK

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