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Friday May 18, 2012

USPTO Testifies Before Congress About AIA Implementation

From: Director David Kappos

On Wednesday, May 16, 2012, the House Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing on the USPTO’s implementation of the AIA, the first oversight hearing on this historic legislation.  I testified along with six others representing various companies and intellectual property law associations.  You can view a webcast of the complete hearing along with my testimony here:

Hearing Webcast
AIA Testimony

I am pleased to share a brief synopsis of my testimony.  The agency has completed implementation of 7 provisions in the AIA and currently is working to implement 9 additional provisions.  To that end, we are reviewing more than 350 public comments, making modifications to the proposed rules in response thereto, and preparing to issue final rules no later than August 16, 2012.  Additionally, the agency has completed 2 studies—an analysis of the prior user rights defense and a report on international patent protection for small businesses—and will soon be delivering a report about genetic testing to Congress in mid-June 2012.  Lastly, the pro bono program has been launched in Minneapolis/St. Paul and Denver, and our first satellite office will open this summer in Detroit.  I look forward to continuing opportunities to share the progress of our AIA implementation activities with Congress and our stakeholders in the coming months.

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