The America Invents Act was signed into law on September 16, 2011, by President Obama. The Act institutes fundamental changes to U.S. Patent Law, including moving from a first-to-invent to a first-to-file system, instituting a post-grant opposition procedure, and allowing the USPTO to set its own fees, to name just a few.
Under the Act, the USPTO must implement a series of new rules which reflect the agency’s thoughts on how the new patent laws should be implemented. The USPTO has scheduled a series of roadshows across the country to discuss its proposed rules for some of the new AIA provisions, including supplemental examination, inter partes review, and post grant review.
The roadshows run from February 15th in Alexandria,VA to March 9th in Sunnyvale, CA. Visit the USPTO’s website for the entire 2012 AIA Roadshow Schedule. Notably, the great city of Boston will be hosting one of these roadshows on March 5, 2012, at the Boston Public Library. Opening remarks will begin at 10:00 a.m., and the event is expected to last until 4:30 p.m. For additional information regarding the event check out the agenda.
The roadshows are free and open to the general public with no registration required. Members of the MBBP patent group will be in attendance and we hope to bump into you there!