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Friday May 18, 2012

Mark Your Calendars for Several AIA Implementation Activities This Summer

From: Janet Gongola, Patent Reform Coordinator

With summer around the corner, the agency is planning for several AIA implementation activities.  To help you keep track of these activities, here is a ready reference list:

  • June 15, 2012:  Submission of the Genetic Testing Study Report to Congress
  • June-July 2012:  Federal Register publication noticing that the Patent Ombudsman Program will be made permanent
  • June-July 2012:  Federal Register publication of 3 Notices of Proposed Rulemaking for First-Inventor-to-File, Fee Setting, and Micro-entity provisions and 1 guidance document also for the First-Inventor-to-File provision
  • July 13, 2012:  Opening of the first USPTO satellite office in Detroit, Michigan
  • By August 16, 2012:  Federal Register publication of 7 Final Rules for the Inventor’s Oath/Declaration, Supplemental Examination, Preissuance Submissions, Citation of Patent Owner Statements, Post Grant Review, Inter Partes Review, and Covered Business Method Review provisions, the Technological Invention Definition, the Umbrella Administrative Trial Rules and 1 trial practice guide for the administrative trials

Currently, the agency is in the process of preparing and clearing the various documents mentioned in the list above.  As soon as these steps are complete, we will post the documents on the micro-site and alert our AIA subscription center members via email.  Also, the agency is planning for a roundtable discussion about our First-Inventor-to-File proposal in the late summer and another series of cross-country roadshows in the early fall to teach you about the final rules.  Details about the roundtable and roadshows will be available soon, so please stay tuned to the micro-site for more information.

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