Question MISC1: When will the examination for registration to practice before the Office in patent matters be updated to include questions drawn to the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act?
The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act includes a number of provisions with varying effective dates. Additionally, many of the provisions require that the USPTO issue rules to implement new procedures.
The Office presently does not have a set schedule for updates to the registration examination to include changes made by passage of the patent reform bill. However, the Office expects the registration examination will undergo a number of changes in the next eighteen months as new laws, regulations, and procedures become effective.