February's Featured Article
America Invents Act Hits the Road
USPTO to Host Seven Public "Roadshows" Across U.S. to Support America Invents Act Implementation
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a public series of educational "roadshows" regarding the America Invents Act, allowing the public to speak with USPTO officials about the new patent law and its implementation. The programs will be held at seven venues across the U.S., beginning Friday, Feb. 17 at USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Va., and running through March 9 with stops in Boston, Ft. Lauderdale, Chicago, Dallas, Salt Lake City, and Silicon Valley.
"The USPTO hopes that the public will find the roadshows to be an ideal forum to engage with the office about our various proposed rules implementing provisions of the America Invents Act," said USPTO Patent Reform Coordinator Janet Gongola. "The roadshows also give the agency the opportunity to visit members of the patent community in different parts of the country as part of our ongoing effort to create a 21st century patent and trademark office."
The USPTO will discuss its proposed rules implementing various provisions of the America Invents Act. These rules include (i) the Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED) statute of limitations, (ii) inventor's oath and declaration, (iii) third-party submission of prior art in a patent application, (iv) citation of prior art in a patent file, (v) supplemental examination, (vi) post-grant review, (vii) inter partes review, (viii) the transitional program for covered business methods, and (ix) derivation. The proposed rules for (i) to (iv) were published in the Federal Register Jan. 5 and 6, 2012, and the proposed rules for (v) to (ix), are expected to publish in the Federal Register in mid-to-late January 2012.
Links to the published proposed rules and other America Invents Act-related information can be found at the USPTO'sAmerica Invents Act online guide. Readers can visit the site regularly and to subscribe to receive updates.
The USPTO invites the public to attend the scheduled roadshows and looks forward to the opportunity to discuss these proposals. The roadshows, with the exception of the initial kickoff at the USPTO, are all being held at Patent and Trademark Resource Centers (PTRCs)- resource centers that offer valuable assistance to independent inventors and entrepreneurs.
See the America Invents Act online guide for more roadshow details.
10 - 10:30 a.m. Welcoming Remarks
10:30 - 11:15 a.m. Patent Related Provisions
11:15 - 11:30 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Patent Related Provisions
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 - 3 p.m. Contested Case Provisions
3 - 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 - 4:30 p.m. Contested Case Provisions
The USPTO gives you useful information and non-legal advice in the areas of patents and trademarks. The patent and trademark statutes and regulations should be consulted before attempting to apply for a patent or register a trademark. These laws and the application process can be complicated. If you have intellectual property that could be patented or registered as a trademark, the use of an attorney or agent who is qualified to represent you in the USPTO is advised.