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Thursday, November 16, 2006

New Guidelines of Office Actions

On November 16, 2006, Japan Patent Office released new guidelines on office actions.

Examiners are now required to indicate in the office actions the claims that should be rejected and allowable. But, it is alleged by users, in some cases, that this distinction is not apparently comprehensible in their actions.

Accordingly, examiners will be encouraged to use a uniform format to clearly indicate allowable claims, namely, "Claims _____ appears allowable at this time. Another office action would be issued, when new grounds of rejection should be found."

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