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Saturday Aug 18, 2012

USPTO to Host First-Inventor-to-File Roundtable to Receive Public Input on Proposed Rules and Proposed Examination Guidelines

Message From Janet Gongola, Patent Reform Coordinator:

I am pleased to announce that the USPTO is hosting a public roundtable on Thursday, September 6, 2012, to discuss the proposed rules and proposed examination guidelines implementing the first-inventor-to-file provision.  The roundtable will be held in the Madison Auditorium on the USPTO’s Alexandria campus and will run from 1:30 to 4:30 pm Eastern Daylight Time.  The roundtable will be webcast on the AIA micro-site; instructions for viewing the webcast are forthcoming.  The first-inventor-to-file provision is effective on March 16, 2012.

All members of the public are invited to attend the roundtable and offer commentary.  If you are interested in providing commentary, please contact me.  There also will be an opportunity for unscheduled commentary.  Here is a tentative agenda:

1:30 to 1:40 pm:  Welcoming Remarks

1:40 to 2:10 pm:  USPTO Overview of Proposed Rules and Proposed Examination Guidelines

2:10 to 4:30 pm:  Participant Commentary

Details about the roundtable and USPTO proposed rules and proposed examination guidelines are available in the respective Federal Register Notices:

The USPTO is accepting written comments about the proposed rules and proposed examination guidelines until October 5, 2012.  Written comments about the proposed rules may be emailed to fitf_rules@uspto.gov and about the proposed examination guidelines to fitf_guidance@uspto.gov. I encourage you to attend the roundtable in person or join via webcast, submit written comments, and continue to be part of the agency’s ongoing AIA implementation.

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