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Final Rules for Implementing the America Invents Act (AIA)

Posted on October 1st, 2012 | Author: Andrew N. Parfomak

Last year, in Re-Invention: Major Changes to Patent Law, we shared an alert in which I summarized the major points of the Leahy-Smith “America Invents Act.” The Act, perhaps the most significant reform of U.S. patent law in living memory, was passed by the U.S. Senate on September 8, 2011, and signed into law by President Obama on September 16, 2011, which enacted its provisions.  Around that time, the Patent Office published for public comment proposed rules packages for implementing various provisions of the Act.

Fast forward, based on the public comments received, the Patent Office has now published final rules packages for most of the new provisions, the key points of which are summarized here by our Intellectual Property Group.