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USPTO Decides Not to Finalize IDS and Markush Rule Changes

10/24/2008
  Under the current Administration, the PTO’s proposed rules on information disclosure statements and on applications containing Markush or alternative claim language will not be finalized.  The proposals to change the IDS and Markush rules were made in the summers of 2006 and 2007, respectively. 
  The announcement was made by PTO Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations Margaret Focarino on October 24 at the Annual AIPLA Meeting.