Patent Rules Being Revealed

The USPTO announced that on Tuesday, August 14, 2012, it will publish in the Federal Register final rules implementing a number of key provisions for the American Invents Act (AIA). These include

  • the inventor’s oath/declaration,
  • supplemental examination,
  • post-grant review,
  • inter partes review, and
  • covered business method review provisions.

The final rules will be available for public inspection in the Federal Register Reading Room on Monday, August 13, 2012 and available online. The inventor’s oath/declaration, supplemental examination, post-grant review, inter partes review, and covered business method review provisions become effective on September 16, 2012.

In addition, rules relating to section 6, regarding the new post-grant review proceedings affecting both ex parte and inter partes  review. Those final rules are now available here.

The USPTO authors an implementation blog which provides a great amount of information. Janet Gongola, Patent Reform Coordinator, authors the blog and most of the notices regarding the new rules.

Earlier, On July 31, 2012, the USPTO published final rules in the Federal Register implementing the statute of limitations provision for Office disciplinary actions. These final rules as seen in the Federal Register are available here: OED Statute of Limitations Final Rules.

As these regulations are published, the details of the impact of AIA begin to take shape.

Advertisements