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Spacing requirement for in-spec program code

I'd like to suggest that the requirement that the entire specification have at least 1.5 spacing be softened, especially for software code or pseudocode that might be included in the spec. It often looks awful to have to space this at 1.5 spacing, and can add extra pages. The standard Missing Parts language that single spaced code "cannot be scanned or properly stored", is a little antiquated. Note this change would not ...more »

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608.01(n), I. F., claims depending from succeeding claims

Standard Office practice has been to permit applicants to submit claims that depend from succeeding claims, not just preceding claims. Then, the examiner renumbers the claims appropriately upon allowance. However, claims presented that depend from succeeding claims is literally contrary to 35 USC 112 fourth paragraph, and contrary to the Supplemental Examination Guidelines, 1364 OG 121, 127 - 28. Based on the statute ...more »

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Incorporation by Reference - Essential material

Section 608.01(p) needs to better reflect the intent behind the Rule 57 requirement that essential material can only be incorporated by reference from published U.S. patent documents (i.e., published applications or issued patents). The intent to ensure that applications are complete upon filing while allowing incorporation by reference in a way that allows the public to easily locate the essential matter being referred ...more »

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