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abstract length

The abstract length requirement in 1302.01 (limited to 150 words) is inconsistent with Abstract Example 2 in MPEP 608.01(b) section (E) which is 165 words in length.

Submitted by Julie Burke 1 year ago

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    8 days ago
  2. Agreed
    2 months ago
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    3 months ago

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    1 year ago

Comments (5)

  1. Moderator
    Rob

    Thank you for the feedback. We will update the section.

    1 year ago
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  2. Why would anyone disagree? It's clearly longer than 150 words (though I counted 164).

    2 months ago
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  3. I think the abstract length can be generously made in all cases to be 200 words.

    21 days ago
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  4. The MPEP example 2 in section 608.01(b) has been updated and is now only 134 words long.

    Regarding being "generous" in this requirement, 37 C.F.R. 1.72 states "The abstract in an application filed under 35 U.S.C. 111 may not exceed 150 words in length." (see MPEP 608.01(b))

    The language of the CFR ("may not") appears inflexible.

    11 days ago
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  5. The MPEP should clearly set forth that chemical structures are allowed in abstracts (or, that chemical structures are not acceptable). This is another area where arbitrary and wasteful rejections or objections are raised, particularly in cross-over fields like biotech, where the examiners are less familiar with chemistry. Since the statutes and rules do not exclude structures, and since structures are more concise and explanatory, it seems that there should be a statement that the chemical structures are acceptable (unless there is a reason that they should not be).

    11 days ago
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