This section (and the associated FP 6.16) should be edited to remove references to "the space provided for the abstract on the computer tape used by the printer." I suspect we are no longer using computer tape. This makes the office sound woefully behind the times.
608.01(b) Abstract of the Disclosure
37 CFR 1.72 says that the Abstract must not be more than 150 words, but this seems to be observed quite frequently in the breach any more. Many patent applications and issued patents have an Abstract that is longer than 150 words. Allowing Abstracts that are longer than 150 words seems unfair. One of the reasons patent attorneys historically complained about having to include an Abstract was that if there was a requirement ...more »