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Sughrue Mion has a long history of assisting Israeli companies and universities in securing important intellectual property protection in the United States. Sughrue Mion has been providing Israeli entities with a full range of intellectual property services in the United States for more than 30 years. Sughrue Mion's connection with Israel continues to this day. Last year, Sughrue Mion help establish one of the American Intellectual Property Law Association's (AIPLA) newest committees: the Special Committee on Israel Intellectual Property Practice. A Sughrue Mion partner is the founder and current co-chair of this important new committee.

Israel has produced more high-tech start-ups per capita than any other country in the world, and is considered a world-leader in such important technologies as medical devices, security systems and applications, software, telecommunications, and biosciences. With 100 registered patent attorneys and professionals with technical degrees, Sughrue Mion has considerable technical expertise in these important technologies. Often Sughrue Mion teams with some of the premier local Israeli intellectual property law firms to help secure critical patent and trademark protection in the United States.

Besides providing comprehensive patent and trademark protection in the United States, Sughrue Mion has handled intellectual property litigation for Israeli companies. Recently, Sughrue Mion successfully represented an Israeli start-up company in connection with a patent infringement action filed in the District of Delaware against several of the largest U.S. Internet search companies. Sughrue Mion attorneys are also actively involved in due diligence and licensing projects for Israeli companies.

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

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]