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With long and wide ranging experience in dealing with international clients concerning their Intellectual Property matters, Sughrue attorneys are well-positioned to provide comprehensive patent and trademark related legal services to companies and individuals in India.

As India is rapidly evolving as an economic and industrial power, Indian companies, especially in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, software and manufacturing areas, are increasingly facing challenges related to IP issues in the US. For example, in the pharmaceutical area, before a drug is approved for marketing in the US, IP issues related to patents listed in the Orange book need to be resolved. Sughrue attorneys possess wide ranging experience in handling all aspects of this area including due diligence, pre-litigation strategies, negotiating with patentees as well as handling litigation if the eventuality rises.

Likewise, in the software area, companies in India are increasingly facing challenges from US patent holders asserting their patents as these companies export software products and services to the US. In addition, as companies in India are moving up the value chain, a significant amount of cutting edge IP is being generated by them. We represent such companies as well as pure R & D organizations in securing patents and protecting their IP rights.

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]