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DOC/PTO RIN: 0651-AD48 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: ●Electronic Submission of a Sequence Listing, Large Table, or Computer Program Listing Appendix in Patent Applications When Submission Exceeds the Electronic Filing System Limits 

The USPTO proposes to amend the Rules of Practice in Patent Cases to permit a higher capacity physical media to be submitted to the office for an electronic version of a Sequence Listing, a Computer Readable Form (CRF) of a Sequence Listing, Large Tables, and a Computer Program Listing Appendix when submission of files in American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) format for patent applications cannot be accommodated by the USPTO patent electronic filing system (EFS-Web or Patent Center). With respect to a Sequence Listing, the requirement to comply with submitting a CRF of a Sequence Listing when the Sequence Listing itself is in ASCII text and submitted via the USPTO patent electronic filing system or on read-only optical discs would be eliminated. The proposed changes also include providing higher capacity physical media options, improving the security and utility of submissions on physical media, eliminating obsolete computer and operating system formats, updating amendment provisions for a Sequence Listing, a CRF of a Sequence Listing, Large Tables, and a Computer Program Listing Appendix, and discontinuing CRF transfers.

Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant 
CFR Citation: 37 CFR 1.52, 1.58, 1.71, 1.96, 1.121    37 CFR 1.77, 1.96, 1.121, 1.173 1,530    37 CFR 1.821 to 1.825   
Legal Authority: 35 U.S.C. 2(b)(2)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  07/00/2020 
NPRM Comment Period End  09/00/2020 
Final Action  12/00/2020 
Final Action Effective  01/00/2021 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Raul Tamayo
Senior Legal Advisor
Department of Commerce
Patent and Trademark Office
P. O. Box 1450,
Alexandria, VA 22313-1450
Phone:571 272-7728
Fax:571 273-7728