Sweeping USPTO Patent Rule Changes for Continuations and Claims

Understanding the New Obligations under the Complex Rules

New Rules in Effect November 1 – Are you Ready?

Recording of a 90-minute premium CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Course Materials


The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published significant changes for continuation and claim examination practice on August 21.

These complicated rules will impact both IP rights and strategy. IP counsel should consider the effect of these rules on their client’s or company’s patent portfolio management and patent litigation strategies.

Although the continuation rules are effective as of November 1, the rules concerning the number of claims in an application also impact pending applications that have not received a first office action on the merits.

Listen as our panel of IP specialists examines the new rules package, the implications of these rules, and strategies for dealing with the changes.



The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What should counsel and IP owners know about the most signficant changes the USPTO put into place?
  • What will be the practical and immediate impact of the new rules for IP owners and counsel?
  • What new strategies should counsel consider and implement in dealing with the USPTO under the new rules?


Marc E. Brown
Marc E. Brown
McDermott Will & Emery

He heads the patent procurement practice in the firm's L.A. office and focuses on computer hardware, software, the...  |  Read More

Bernard Codd
Bernard Codd
McDermott Will & Emery

He focuses on patent prosecution and opinions in the areas of semiconductor device and manufacturing, battery, fuel...  |  Read More