Webinar: USPTO Rules Implementing U.S. Patent Reform: Part 1
March 21, 2012
The America Invents Act (AIA) established the statutory framework for significant changes to U.S. patent laws. The baton has been passed to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to draft rules to implement these far-reaching changes.
Under the U.S. Administrative Procedure Act, government agencies such as the USPTO must publish proposed rules for comment by the public before they are put into effect. The USPTO has released several proposed rules packages addressing various aspects of the AIA. Because of the tight timetable imposed by Congress to implement the AIA, it is widely thought that the final rules, when implemented, will closely resemble the proposed rules. This first of two webinars will discuss some of these proposed rules, and how you and your clients’ practices in the United States will need to adapt.
Please join our panel as they discuss the implications and nuances of the USPTO proposed rules related to the following AIA topics:
• Supplemental examination (employed, e.g., to mitigate against inequitable conduct defenses); and
• Third party submissions (employed by a third party to bring prior art to the attention of the examiner)
This webinar is the second in Finnegan’s 2011-2012 series, “Strategic U.S. Patent Series for European Counsel.” We hope you are able to attend.
Anthony C. Tridico, Ph.D.
Jeffrey A. Berkowitz
Eric P. Raciti
Registration for all webinars is free of charge. Please register by March 19, 2012. Webinar access information will be sent upon registration.
USPTO Rules Implementing U.S. Patent Reform: Part 1