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DOC/PTO RIN: 0651-AB41 Publication ID: Spring 2002 
Title: Requirements for Claiming the Benefit of Prior-Filed Applications Under Eighteen-Month Publication of Patent Applications 
Abstract: In implementing the provisions of the American Inventors Protection Act of 1999 related to the eighteen-month publication of patent applications, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office) revised the rules of practice related to requirements for claiming the benefit of a prior-filed application. The Office is revising the time period for claiming the benefit of a prior-filed application in an application filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), revising the time period for filing an English language translation of a non-English language provisional application, and making other technical corrections to the rules of practice related to eighteen-month publication. The Office is also making permanent a temporary rule that amends the rules of practice to include the current statutory provisions that define when national stage commencement occurs in an application filed under the PCT. 
Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Actions 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 37 CFR 1   
Legal Authority: 35 USC 2(b)(2)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  09/05/2001  66 FR 46409   
NPRM Comment Period End  10/05/2001    
Final Action  12/28/2001  66 FR 67087   
Final Action Effective  12/28/2001    
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
Agency Contact:
Robert W. Bahr
Senior Patent Attorney
Department of Commerce
Patent and Trademark Office
Mail Stop Comments--Patents, Commissioner for Patents, P.O. Box 1450,
Alexandria, VA 22313-1450
Phone:571 272-8800
Email: robert.bahr@uspto.gov