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AGENCY:

United States Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce.

ACTION:

Final rule and correction to final rule.

SUMMARY:

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office) published a final rule in the Federal Register of September 8, 2000, revising the rules of practice in patent cases to implement the Patent Business Goals. This document corrects errors in that final rule and amends the Rules of Practice for consistency with the Patent business Goals final rule.

DATES:

Effective Date: December 18, 2000. Applicability date: For fees paid prior to November 7, 2000, the two-year time period for requesting a refund is extended to expire on the later of February 16, 2001.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Hiram H. Bernstein ((703) 305-8713) or Robert W. Bahr ((703) 308-6906), Senior Legal Advisors, or Robert J. Spar, Director ((703) 308-5107), Office of Patent Legal Administration (OPLA), directly by phone, or by facsimile to (703) 305-1013, marked to the attention of Mr. Bernstein, or by mail addressed to: Box Comments—Patents, Commissioner for Patents, Washington, DC 20231.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Office published a final rule in the Federal Register of September 8, 2000 (65 FR 54604), entitled “Changes to Implement Patent Business Goals” (final rule). This document corrects errors in that final rule as discussed below.

The final rule is corrected to indicate that the changes to §§ 1.52(e), 1.96, and 1.821 et seq. concerning the submission of computer program listings and sequence listings are effective on September 8, 2000, rather than November 7, 2000.

The final rule is corrected to indicate that the time period for requesting a refund for fees paid prior to November 7, 2000, expires the later of November 8, 2000 (rather than November 7, 2002), or two years from the date the fee was paid. Since this correction will not be published until after November 7, 2000, the two-year time period for requesting a refund is extended to expire on the later of the date that is sixty days after publication of this correction notice in the Federal Register or the date that is two years from the date the fee was paid.

The final rule is corrected to eliminate the sentences indicating that only the paper portions of the application will be published as patent application publications or patents. Portions of an application submitted on an electronic medium under § 1.52(e) will be available (published) at least through an electronic medium.

The final rule is corrected to indicate that if continuity data is included in an application data sheet, but not in the first sentence of the specification, the continuity data to be set forth in the application data sheet will not appear in the first line of the specification in the patent. In such a situation, the continuity data will only appear on the front page of the patent.

The final rule is corrected to delete the sentence indicating that § 1.78(a)(4) is additionally amended by deletion of the term “copending” as a requirement for a nonprovisional application to claim priority to a provisional application. Section 1.78 was previously amended to delete the copendency requirement for a nonprovisional application claiming priority to a provisional application. See Changes to Application Examination and Provisional Application Practice, interim rule, 65 FR 14865, 14867, 14872 (Mar. 20, 2000), 1233 Off. Gaz. Pat. Office 47, 48, 53 (Apr. 11, 2000).

Section 1.14(h) in the final rule is corrected to refer to “§ 1.47(c)” rather than “§§ 1.47(a) and (b)” (the relevant portion of §§ 1.47(a) and (b) was transferred to new § 1.47(c)).

Sections 1.16(a) through (l), 1.17(a) through (e), (r) and (s), 1.18(a) through (c), 1.20(d) through (h) and 1.492(a) through (e) are corrected to change their reference to “§ 1.9(f)” to a reference to “§ 1.27(a)” (the substance of former § 1.9(f) was transferred to § 1.27(a)).

Section 1.20(b) is corrected to indicate that its fee is a processing fee (rather than a petition fee).

Section 1.53(c) is corrected to change its reference to “§ 1.78(a)(3)” to a reference to “35 U.S.C. 119(e) and § 1.78(a)(4)” (the substance of former § 1.78(a)(3) was transferred to “§ 1.78(a)(4)).”

Section 1.366 is corrected to change its reference to “§ 1.28(b)” to a reference to “§ 1.27(g)” (the substance of former § 1.28(b) was transferred to § 1.27(g)).

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1. On page 54604, in column 1, the sentence “This rule is effective November 7, 2000, except that the changes to §§ 1.27, 1.78, 1.131, 1.132, 1.137, 1.152, 1.155, 1.324, 1.366, 1.740, and 1.760, and the removal of § 1.44 are effective September 8, 2000” should read “This rule is effective November 7, 2000, except that the changes to §§ 1.27, 1.78, 1.52(e), 1.96, 1.131, 1.132, 1.137, 1.152, 1.155, 1.324, 1.366, 1.740, 1.760, 1.821, 1.823, 1.824, and 1.825, and the removal of § 1.44 are effective September 8, 2000.”

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2. On page 54608, in the sentence bridging columns 2 and 3, “The two year time period for requesting a refund will end two years and sixty days from the date of publication in the

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3. On page 54621, in column 1, third paragraph, remove the sentences “Only the paper portions of the application will, under our current procedures, be published, either as published applications or patents” and “The Office can thus require that certain information, such as related to an elected species, be submitted in the proper form (paper) to be printed.”

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4. On page 54626, in column 3, first incomplete paragraph, the sentence “If continuity data is included in an application data sheet, but not in the first sentence of the specification, the continuity data to be set forth in the first line of the patent will be taken from the application data sheet” should read “If continuity data is included in an application data sheet, but not in the first sentence of the specification, the continuity data to be set forth in the application data sheet will not be printed in the first line of the specification in the patent.”

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5. On page 54628, in column 1, fourth paragraph, remove the sentence “Section 1.78(a)(4) is additionally amended by deletion of the term ‘copending' as a requirement for a nonprovisional application claiming priority to a provisional application in view of the ‘American Inventors Protection Act of 1999.'”

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6. On page 54658, in the first column, § 1.14, paragraph (h), line 5, correct “§§ 1.47(a) and (b)” to read “§ 1.47(c)''.

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PART 1—RULES OF PRACTICE IN PATENT CASES

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7. The authority citation for

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Authority: 35 U.S.C. 2(b)(2).

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8. Section 1.16 is amended by revising paragraphs (a) through (l) to read as follows:

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National application filing fees.

(a) Basic fee for filing each application for an original patent, except provisional, design or plant applications:

By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))$355.00
By other than a small entity$710.00

(b) In addition to the basic filing fee in an original application, except provisional applications, for filing or later presentation of each independent claim in excess of 3:

By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))$40.00
By other than a small entity$80.00

(c) In addition to the basic filing fee in an original application, except provisional applications, for filing or later presentation of each claim (whether independent or dependent) in excess of 20 (Note that § 1.75(c) indicates how multiple dependent claims are considered for fee calculation purposes.):

By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))$9.00
By other than a small entity$18.00

(d) In addition to the basic filing fee in an original application, except provisional applications, if the application contains, or is amended to contain, a multiple dependent claim(s), per application:

By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))$135.00
By other than a small entity$270.00

(e) Surcharge for filing the basic filing fee or oath or declaration on a date later than the filing date of the application, except provisional applications:

By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))$65.00
By other than a small entity$130.00

(f) Basic fee for filing each design application:

By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))$160.00
By other than a small entity$320.00

(g) Basic fee for filing each plant application, except provisional applications:

By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))$245.00
By other than a small entity$490.00

(h) Basic fee for filing each reissue application:

By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))$355.00
By other than a small entity$710.00

(i) In addition to the basic filing fee in a reissue application, for filing or later presentation of each independent claim which is in excess of the number of independent claims in the original patent:

By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))$40.00
By other than a small entity$80.00

(j) In addition to the basic filing fee in a reissue application, for filing or later presentation of each claim (whether independent or dependent) in excess of 20 and also in excess of the number of claims in the original patent (Note that § 1.75(c) indicates how multiple dependent claims are considered for fee purposes.):

By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))$9.00
By other than a small entity$18.00

(k) Basic fee for filing each provisional application:

By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))$75.00
By other than a small entity$150.00

(l) Surcharge for filing the basic filing fee or cover sheet (§ 1.51(c)(1)) on a date later than the filing date of the provisional application:

By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))$25.00
By other than a small entity$50.00
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9. Section 1.17 is amended by revising paragraphs (a) through (e), (r) and (s) to read as follows:

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Patent application and reexamination processing fees.

(a) Extension fees pursuant to § 1.136(a):

(1) For reply within first month:

By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))$55.00
By other than a small entity$110.00

(2) For reply within second month:

By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))$195.00
By other than a small entity$390.00

(3) For reply within third month:

By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))$445.00
By other than a small entity$890.00

(4) For reply within fourth month:

By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))$695.00
By other than a small entity$1,390.00

(5) For reply within fifth month:

By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))$945.00
By other than a small entity$1,890.00

(b) For filing a notice of appeal from the examiner to the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences:

By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))$155.00
By other than a small entity$310.00

(c) In addition to the fee for filing a notice of appeal, for filing a brief in support of an appeal:

By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))$155.00
By other than a small entity$310.00

(d) For filing a request for an oral hearing before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences in an appeal under 35 U.S.C. 134:

By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))$135.00
By other than a small entity$270.00

(e) To request continued examination pursuant to § 1.114:

By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))$355.00
By other than a small entity$710.00
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(r) For entry of a submission after final rejection under § 1.129(a):

By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))$355.00
By other than a small entity$710.00

(s) For each additional invention requested to be examined under § 1.129(b):

By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))$355.00
By other than a small entity$710.00
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10. Section 1.18 is amended by revising paragraphs (a) through (c) to read as follows:

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Patent post allowance (including issue) fees.

(a) Issue fee for issuing each original or reissue patent, except a design or plant patent:

By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))$620.00
By other than a small entity$1,240.00

(b) Issue fee for issuing a design patent:

By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))$220.00
By other than a small entity$440.00

(c) Issue fee for issuing a plant patent:

By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))$300.00
By other than a small entity$600.00
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11. Section 1.20 is amended by revising paragraphs (b) and (d) through (h) to read as follows:

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(b) Processing fee for correcting inventorship in a patent (§ 1.324)—$55.00.

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(d) For filing each statutory disclaimer (§ 1.321):

By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))$55.00
By other than a small entity$110.00

(e) For maintaining an original or reissue patent, except a design or plant patent, based on an application filed on or after December 12, 1980, in force beyond four years; the fee is due by three years and six months after the original grant:

By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))$425.00
By other than a small entity$850.00

(f) For maintaining an original or reissue patent, except a design or plant patent, based on an application filed on or after December 12, 1980, in force beyond eight years; the fee is due by seven years and six months after the original grant:

By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))$975.00
By other than a small entity$1,950.00

(g) For maintaining an original or reissue patent, except a design or plant patent, based on an application filed on or after December 12, 1980, in force beyond twelve years; the fee is due by eleven years and six months after the original grant:

By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))$1,495.00
By other than a small entity$2,990.00

(h) Surcharge for paying a maintenance fee during the six-month grace period following the expiration of three years and six months, seven years and six months and eleven years and six months after the date of the original grant of a patent based on an application filed on or after December 12, 1980:

By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))$65.00
By other than a small entity$130.00
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12. Section 1.53 is amended by revising paragraph (c)(4) to read as follows:

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Application number, filing date, and completion of application.
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(4) A provisional application is not entitled to the right of priority under 35 U.S.C. 119 or 365(a) or § 1.55, or to the benefit of an earlier filing date under 35 U.S.C. 120, 121 or 365(c) or § 1.78 of any other application. No claim for priority under 35 U.S.C. 119(e) or § 1.78(a)(4) may be made in a design application based on a provisional application. No request under § 1.293 for a statutory invention registration may be filed in a provisional application. The requirements of §§ 1.821 through 1.825 regarding application disclosures containing nucleotide and/or amino acid sequences are not mandatory for provisional applications.

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13. Section 1.366 is amended by revising paragraph (f) to read as follows:

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Submission of maintenance fees.
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(f) Notification of any change in status resulting in loss of entitlement to small entity status must be filed in a patent prior to paying, or at the time of paying, the earliest maintenance fee due after the date on which status as a small entity is no longer appropriate. See § 1.27(g).

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14. Section 1.492 is amended by revising paragraphs (a) through (e) to read as follows:

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National stage fees.
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(a) The basic national fee:

(1) Where an international preliminary examination fee as set forth in § 1.482 has been paid on the international application to the United States Patent and Trademark Office:

By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))$345.00
By other than a small entity$690.00

(2) Where no international preliminary examination fee as set forth in § 1.482 has been paid to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, but an international search fee as set forth in § 1.445(a)(2) has been paid on the international application to the United States Patent and Trademark Office as an International Searching Authority:

By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))$355.00
By other than a small entity$710.00

(3) Where no international preliminary examination fee as set forth in § 1.482 has been paid and no international search fee as set forth in § 1.445(a)(2) has been paid on the international application to the United States Patent and Trademark Office:

By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))$500.00
By other than a small entity$1,000.00

(4) Where the international preliminary examination fee as set forth in § 1.482 has been paid to the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the international preliminary examination report states that the criteria of novelty, inventive step (non-obviousness), and industrial applicability, as defined in PCT Article 33(1) to (4) have been satisfied for all the claims presented in the application entering the national stage (see § 1.496(b)):

By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))$50.00
By other than a small entity$100.00

(5) Where a search report on the international application has been prepared by the European Patent Office or the Japanese Patent Office:

By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))$430.00
By other than a small entity$860.00

(b) In addition to the basic national fee, for filing or later presentation of each independent claim in excess of 3:

By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))$40.00
By other than a small entity$80.00

(c) In addition to the basic national fee, for filing or later presentation of each claim (whether independent or dependent) in excess of 20 (Note that § 1.75(c) indicates how multiple dependent claims are considered for fee calculation purposes.):

By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))$9.00
By other than a small entity$18.00

(d) In addition to the basic national fee, if the application contains, or is amended to contain, a multiple dependent claim(s), per application:

By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))$135.00
By other than a small entity$270.00

(e) Surcharge for filing the oath or declaration later than 20 months from the priority date pursuant to § 1.494(c) or later than 30 months from the priority date pursuant to § 1.495(c):

By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))$65.00
By other than a small entity$130.00
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Dated: December 8, 2000.

Q. Todd Dickinson,

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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