In response to the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in Novartis AG v. Lee, summarized in Issue 71 of this Bulletin, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to change its rules of practice. USPTO would revise those rules pertaining to patent term adjustments “to provide that the time consumed by continued examination does not include the time after a notice of allowance, unless the Office actually resumes examination of the application after allowance.” USPTO has also proposed changes that would “provide that the submission of a request for continued examination after a notice of allowance has been mailed will constitute a failure of an applicant to engage in reasonable efforts to conclude processing or examination of an application and thus result in a reduction of any period of patent term adjustment.” Comments are requested by August 18, 2014. See Federal Register, June 18, 2014.