Change to rule for Amending PCT claims

The United States Patent & Trademark Office Rule for amending claims in a Patent Cooperation Treaty (“PCT”) Application changed effective July 1, 2009. 37 CFR 1.485 is the rule pertaining to amending PCT claims. The rule change is effective for any amendments made to claims filed after July 1, 2009. Prior to July 1, 2009 Applicants were only required to submit replacement pages for the pages that contained changes. After July 1, 2009 Applicants are required to submit a complete set of claims with any amendment to the claims.

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