Bernard P. Codd was quoted on October 17 by Law360 in an article regarding changes to several U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rules which will limit appellants' arguments and make the appeals process more expensive and time-consuming. Mr. Codd noted that the USPTO likely made the changes to discourage people from filing appeals and to allow the office to reject more appeals based on procedural grounds. "I think they are concentrating on form over substance. The reason to do that is to decrease the number of appeals because applicants think twice about appealing. It's also more expensive for our clients," he said.