Patent and Trademark Office June 14, 2010 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Request for Comments on Proposed Changes to Restriction Practice in Patent Applications
Document Number: 2010-14136
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-06-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Patent and Trademark Office
In situations in which two or more independent and distinct inventions are claimed in a single patent application, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office) is authorized by the patent laws and implementing regulations to require the applicant to restrict the application to one invention. The practice for requiring an applicant to restrict an application to one invention in such situations is known as restriction practice. The Office is considering changes to restriction practice to improve the quality and consistency of restriction requirements made by Office personnel.
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