PTAB Extends Time for Comments on Proposed Rules

USPTO Extending Comment Period on Proposed Amendments to the Rules of Practice for Trials Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board

Comments due by November 18, 2015

The USPTO published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register on August 20, 2015, seeking public comment on proposed amendments to the rules of practice for trials before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.  See Amendments to the Rules of Practice for Trials Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, 80 Fed. Reg. 50,720–47 (Aug. 20, 2015).  The USPTO initially indicated that written comments must be received on or before October 19, 2015.  In view of stakeholder requests for additional time to submit comments on the proposed amendments to the rules of practice for trials, the USPTO is now extending the period for public comment until November 18, 2015.

Any comments on the proposed amendments to the rules of practice for trials must be emailed to Trialrules2015@uspto.gov, and must be received on or before November 18, 2015.  More information about trials under the America Invents Act before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board is available at http://www.uspto.gov/patents-application-process/patent-trial-and-appeal-board/trials.