US PTO abandons attempt to force through new rules

It has been announced that the US Patent and Trademark Office has abandoned its plans to introduce rules restricting the number of claims in patent applications, and the extent to which applicants can file continuation applications.

The proposed rules were extremely unpopular and had generated an unprecedented level of criticism. Legal action had been taken to try to prevent implementation of the rules.

AdamsonJones welcomes this development. The USPTO, in common with other patent offices, undoubtedly faces problems of workload and backlog of applications. We hope that it will be able to address those issues, without resorting to measures that seriously disadvantage users of the system, as the now-abandoned new rules would have done.