On December 22, 2003, the USPTO issued a final rule to implement changes to the inter partes reexamination process for patents as well as other technical amendment pursuant to statutory amendments mandates. Under the revisions, a third-party requester of inter partes reexamination is granted the right to appeal adverse decision of the BPAI to the Federal Circuit. It will also allow the patent owner to be a party to an appeal by the third-party requester. The PTO notice can be found at http://pub.bna.com/ptcj/changes.pdf, this notice being published in the December 22, 2003 Federal Register (68 Fed. Reg. 70996).