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Divisional applications for European Patents

The Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation, composed by its contracting states, has agreed to a proposal from the European Patent Office (EPO) to introduce time limits for the filing of divisional applications.

The EPO proposal was found both adequate and appropriate for dealing with the issues currently being tackled by the EPO within its "Raising the bar" project, namely improving overall quality and enhancing legal certainty while ensuring that legitimate rights and expectations are fully served.

Triexta : new generic fiber name

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a final rule, effective March 26, 2009, that establishes the subclass name triexta as an alternative to the generic name polyester for a subclass of polyester fibers made from poly(trimethylene terephthalate).

The petitioners who sought this designation stated that PTT fiber, while having the same general chemical composition of polyester, has distinctive features of durability, resilience, softness and ability to stretch with recovery that make it significantly more suitable than conventional polyester for carpet and apparel.