Revised Format for Amendments


The USPTO is currently permitting applicants to submit amendments in a revised format, which is similar to the proposed format that the USPTO is considering adopting via a revision to 37 CFR 1.121.  The USPTO plans on adopting the proposed revision to 37 CFR 1.121 by July of 2003, at which time applicants will be required to employ the revised format for any amendments.  The USPTO notes that applicants may wish to submit amendments using the revised format at this time because (1) it will facilitate transition to a revised amendment format when it becomes mandatory, (2) inconsistent versions of claim amendments (clean and marked-up) will be avoided, and (3) time and resources will be saved.  For a detailed explanation of the revised format, please read the Pre-OG Notice at the PTO's web site.