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Tuesday Jul 17, 2012

USPTO Publishes Final Rules for Preissuance Submission Provision

From Janet Gongola, Patent Reform Coordinator:

On Tuesday, July 17, 2012, the USPTO announces publication of final rules for the preissuance submission provision of the AIA in the Federal Register.  The preissuance submission provision is effective on September 16, 2012.  The preissuance submission final rules address the requirements that a third party must meet to submit a patent, patent application publication, or other printed document into the patent application owned by another.  The preissuance submission final rules are available here:

Preissuance Submission Final Rules (77 Fed. Reg. 42150, July 17, 2012)

Publication of the preissuance submission final rules is the first in a series of final rules to be released in the Federal Register for AIA provisions effective on September 16, 2012.  Over the next couple weeks, the agency will publish additional final rules for other AIA provisions also effective on September 16, 2012, including inventor's oath/declaration, supplemental examination, citation of a patent owner statement in a patent file, inter partes review, post grant review, and covered business method review.  The agency will discuss all of these final rules at a series of upcoming cross-country roadshows.  More information about those roadshows is available here:


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