The United States Patent and Trademark Office has announced that it is adopting new rules relating to a variety of issues that impact who can engage in representation of clients before the PTO, both on the patent and the trademark side of the Office.
These new rules, which will go into effect on September 15, 2008, will end the reign of terror brought to us by unscrupulous invention submission companies and other invention scams.
The rule that strikes at the heart of the invention submission companies is new Rule 11.5(b). If there is any doubt that this rule will prevent invention submission companies from operating, the PTO closed all doubt with its published response to a comment on the proposed rules. Comment 9 essentially said that the new Rule 11.5 would make it impossible for invention promoters to help inventors obtain patents.
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