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Friday Jun 29, 2012

USPTO Testifies Before Senate Judiciary Committee on AIA Implementation

From Director David Kappos:

On Wednesday, June 20, 2012, I testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the agency's implementation of the AIA.  This was the second Congressional oversight hearing directed to AIA implementation since the new legislation was signed into law.  Previously, on May 16, 2012, I testified before the House Judiciary Committee about our AIA implementation activities.

In brief, I informed the Senate Judiciary Committee that the agency remains on track to issue final rules for various new provisions that go into effect on September 16, 2012, and is actively preparing proposed fees rule following two fee setting hearings held in February 2012.  I also informed the Committee that the agency has successfully implemented other provisions including (i) prioritized examination for which over 4000 applications have been received, over 2300 first Office actions have been issued, and 200 patents have granted; (ii)  the pro bono program, which started in Minneapolis/St. Paul and is now operational in Denver with plans to expand to 4 additional areas by the end of the calendar year; and (iii) the satellite office program with the first office opening in Detroit in July and additional office locations to be announced later this summer.  All of the agency's implementation activities energize international harmonization efforts, as I discussed at the end of my testimony.

A copy of my testimony along with a webcast of the hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee is available via the links below.  I invite you to review them for even more information about our AIA implementation activities and international harmonization.

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