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USPTO Publishes Rules and Examination Guidelines for Implementing the AIA First-Inventor-to-File Provisions

2/15/2013
On February 14, 2013, final rules of practice for implementing the first-inventor-to-file provision of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) were published in the Federal Register. The first-inventor-to-file provisions of the AIA go into effect on March 16, 2013.

Examination guidelines concerning the first inventor to file provisions were also published in the Federal Register on February 14, 2013. The examination guidelines are provided to Office personnel and to the public to assist in the implementation of the first-inventor-to-file provisions of the AIA. The guidelines do not constitute substantive rulemaking and do not have the force and effect of law. Nevertheless, the guidelines are an important source of information for effectively practicing before the USPTO.

Links to the final rules and guidelines are below:

Changes To Implement and Examination Guidelines for Implementing the First Inventor To File Provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act [TEXT] [PDF]

Examination Guidelines for Implementing the First Inventor To File Provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act [TEXT] [PDF]