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Patent Business Goals (PBGs) – Final Rule Home Page

DATE: November 7, 2000, unless otherwise specified

Federal Register 65 Fed. Reg. 54603 (September 8, 2000)
Official Journal 1238 Off. Gas. Tap. Office 77 (September 19, 2000)

The Office of Patent Legal Administration (OPLA) of the Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy has prepared this webpage, Patent Business Objectives (PBG) – Final Rule, and many items therein. linked to help understand the rules changed by the PBG. For more information, contact one of the people mentioned below.

PBG – planned final rule

  • Significant changes to the patent rules to eliminate unnecessary formal requirements, streamline the patent application process, and simplify and clarify the rules of practice provisions
  • Effective date – varies by rule
    November 7, 2000, unless otherwise specified
  • see Fed page 54604. Reg. Note


  • 37 CFR § 1.96, CD submissions became optional due to USPTO policy and became mandatory under the PBG – Final Rule on March 1, 2001.
  • 37 CFR §§ 1.58 and 1.821 have now become optional under USPTO policy and remain optional.
  • The 37 CFR § 1.121 changes were optional on November 7, 2000 and became mandatory on March 1, 2001.

Table of effective dates [PDF] (below) links to a full list of rules and their effective dates.

The Material Change Effective Date table (below) groups together the material changes and the relevant rules.

PBG – final rule:

WARNING: The information contained on this page was correct at the time of original publication. Some information may no longer be applicable or available. For example, amendments may have been made to the rules of practice since the original date of a publication, there may have been a change in any fees indicated, and certain references to publications may no longer be valid. Wherever there is a reference to a statute or rule, please check carefully whether the statute or rule in force at the date of publication of the advice has since been amended.

Associated rule packages:

For more information, please contact:

Robert J. Spar, Director, Office of Patent Legal Administration (OPLA)

(571) 272-7700

Hiram H. Bernstein,
Senior Legal Advisor, OPLA

(571) 272-7707