Group 2 Rule Making Effort in Final Stages
Since the enactment of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), and
even before, the USPTO has been busy fashioning new rules to implement
the various provisions of the legislation. The USPTO has been aggressively seeking public comment
prior to publishing the proposed new rule notices due to the
significant amount of changes introduced by the legislation and the
short time time frame.
The Office has grouped the various rule packages. Group 1 related to rules that needed to be provided immediately.
Group 2 is directed to provisions that will become available 12 months
after enactment. These proposed rules are expected to be introduced in
late December or early January. The topics covered by Group 2 are as follows:
The USPTO is hoping to receive comments on the Group 2 topics by
November 15, 2011 (and actually preferred comments be submitted by
yesterday). All of the major bar associations are actively collecting
comments for submission. Attached is a helpful survey of the various
issues relating to the post grant provisions put together by the IPO inter partes practice committee (here).
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