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July 30, 2012

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Press Release, 12-45

Final Rule for Statute of Limitations Provision of the America Invents Act

USPTO Publishes Final Rule for Statute of Limitations Provision of the America Invents Act for Office Disciplinary Actions

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce’s U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that it will publish final rules in the Federal Register on July 31, 2012, that relate to the statute of limitations provision of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) for Office disciplinary actions.

The statute of limitations provision became effective on September 16, 2011. The USPTO issued proposed rules for the OED statute of limitations provision in January 2012 and received public comments from the stakeholder community in response. That input was considered in the final rules.

"The final rule implements a key provision of the AIA by specifying the timing for the one-year period included in the statute of limitations for Office disciplinary actions," said Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO David Kappos. “The Office promulgated this final rule with the benefit of valuable public input and we thank our stakeholder community for that feedback.”

Further information about the OED statute of limitations final rule may be found at: http://www.uspto.gov/aia_implementation/OED_SOL_Final_Rules.pdf

For non-press inquiries about the OED statute of limitations final rule, contact Will Covey, Deputy General Counsel for Enrollment and Discipline and Director of the Office of Enrollment and Discipline, by telephone at (571) 272-4097.

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