Earlier this month, the USPTO announced a new version (2.1.17) of its EFS-Web fillable e-IDS form (Form PTO/SB/08A). This new version permits up to 300 combined citations of U.S. patents and U.S. patent application publications in a single IDS form. The USPTO has requested that practitioners begin using this form starting January 31, 2010. Submission of an older version of the EFS-Web fillable e-IDS form (version 2.1.16 or earlier) after this date will result in a validation error message. The version number of your form can be found at its bottom left corner.
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