The U.S. Patent Office is modifying its approach to oaths/declarations. Starting on June 1, 2008, oaths/declarations must acknowledge “a duty to disclose information material to patentability as defined in Rule 1.56.”
This serves as yet another example of the importance of understanding Rule 56, advising applicants/clients of their duty, and how to satisfy this duty. I discussed a process of doing just that in two earlier posts here and here.
The U.S. Patent Office’s Notice explaining the reasons for this change can be found in the Patent section of the U.S. Patent Office’s “News and Notices” page, which can be found here.
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