Comments on Examination Guidelines for Implementing the First-Inventor-to-File Provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act

The following comments have been submitted in response to Examination Guidelines for Implementing the First-Inventor-to-File Provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, published in the Federal Register at 77 Fed. Reg. 43759 (July 26, 2012).

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A. Intellectual Property Organizations


American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law

American Intellectual Property Law Association

Coalition for Patent Fairness

Intellectual Property Owners Association

Japan Intellectual Property Association

Japan Patent Attorneys Association

Licensing Executives Society U.S.A and Canada, Inc.

Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association

Washington State Patent Law Association

B. Government Agencies

Japan Patent Office

The Office of Advocacy, U.S. Small Business Administration

C. Academic and Research Institutions

Brigham Young University

Higher Education Associations

Indiana University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

NDSU Research Foundation

Purdue Research Foundation

The Research Foundation for SUNY

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Office of Technology Transfer

SUNY Upstate Medical University

Tulane University

UAB Research Foundation

University of California

University of Illinois

University of Maryland

University of Massachusetts

University of Michigan

University of Oklahoma

Vanderbilt University

Washington State University's Office of Intellectual Property Administration; WSU Research Foundation

Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

D. Law Firms

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.

E. Companies

Article One Partners, LLC



Danziger 'Dan' Flower Farm

Eli Lilly and Company

Eli Lilly and Company - Supplemental

Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.

IBM Corporation


Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.

Novartis Corporation

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America

Research In Motion, Ltd. ("RIM")

F. Individuals

Bird, John

Connolly, Sean

Helfgott, Samson

Lemley, Mark

Mason, James C.

Macfarlane, Scott

Merges, Robert

Morgan, Paul

Neifeld, Rick

Neifeld, Rick - Supplemental

Nowotarski, Mark

Paau, Alan

Pedersen, Joel

Pegram, John

Pope, Lawrence

Pope, Lawrence - Supplemental

Preston, Kenneth

Quinn, Jr., Eugene R.

Sundby, Suzannah