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September 11, 2007


Tafas' amended complaint is almost as bad a botch job as the original.

They got the address for service wrong.

The Regulatory Flexibility Act only applies to rules when "required by [5 U.S.C. § 553] or any other law to publish a general notice of proposed rulemaking." Voluntary notice and comment has apparently never been adjudicated, but probably does not suffice. Tafas' amended complaint fails to even plead this element of the RegFlex claim.

In some jurisdictions, mere certification that a rule would not, if promulgated, have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities is sufficient to comply with RegFlex. The PTO did that.

If this is the best lawyering that can be brought to bear, we all better get used to these rules.

Hey leave the good doctor and his attorneys alone. I don't see any of the big biotechs (with all their $$) taking any legal action. Someone had to do something.

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