I received an email from the PTO this week asking that I post about a free webcast the PTO is holding this Thursday, August 23 from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm CT.  The webcast will explain the new continuation and claims rules that become effective November 1st.  The rules were published this morning.  For summaries and explanations of the changes, here is PTO document explaining the highlights  and a specific identification of each amendment.  You can register for the webcast here.  The PTO’s press release is reprinted below:

USPTO Webcast on New Claims and Continuations Rules Thursday, August 23rd

Date: Thursday, August 23, 2007

Time: 12:00 p.m. (CST)


The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will hold a special webinar on Thursday, August 23, 2007, at 1:00 p.m. (EST) on new claims and continuations rules that will allow the agency to continue to make the patent examination process more effective and efficient by encouraging applicants to use greater clarity and precision in describing the scope of their inventions. The new rules will be published in the Federal Register available at

During this live, two-hour webcast, USPTO officials will explain the new rules and answer questions. The presentation and audio for this event will be streamed over the Internet. All participants need is a computer with an Internet connection, sound card, speakers and the ability to view Windows Media presentations.

To register for this free webcast, click on the following link:

An advance copy of the presentation will be made available to registrants prior to the event.

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