The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has proposed rule changes that would require, with some exceptions, the publishing of pending patent applications 18 months after filing, the agency announced April 5 [www.uspto.gov.]

The revisions implement the provisions of Sections 4501 through 4508 (Subtitle E, Domestic Publication of Patent Applications Published Abroad) of the American Inventors Protection Act of 1999, which was signed into law last November. Those provisions include:

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