The Global Dossier Initiative is now up and running! It provides the American (or a counterpart overseas) Patent Examiner with the full prior art citations from parallel prosecution files of participating Patent Offices.
Elimination of Redundant Citations of Prior Art: Given that the U.S. Examiner should study the parallel prior art citations, now is the time to modify 37 CFR § 1.56(a) to exclude from any duty to disclose prior art included in a Global Dossier Initiative entry.
Proposed Amendment to 37 CFR § 1.56(a): Attached as part of the PDF version of this note are a proposed change to Rule 56(a) and a PTO summary of the Global Dossier Initiative.