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Tuesday Sep 11, 2012

USPTO Publishes Final Rules Implementing the Derivation Provision

From Janet Gongola, Patent Reform Coordinator:

On September 11, 2012, the USPTO published final rules in the Federal Register implementing the derivation provision.  This provision becomes effective on March 16, 2013.

Changes To Implement Derivation Proceedings (77 Fed. Reg. 56068, Sept. 11, 2012)

In addition to these final rules for derivation proceedings, the USPTO previously published General Administrative Trial Final Rules and a Trial Practice Guide in the Federal Register that contain more information about derivation proceedings.  Both documents are available here:   

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