The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has begun rolling out a series of proposed rule changes as part of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. Earlier this month, the USPTO published four notices of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register.
The proposed patent rule changes address the following:
- Inventor’s oath and declaration
- Third party submission of prior art in a patent application
- Citation of prior art in a patent file
- The statute of limitations for Office of Disciplinary Proceedings
We will address each of the proposed changes on this blog the coming weeks, beginning with a discussion of the inventor’s oath tomorrow.
The USPTO is soliciting feedback on the proposed rule changes and will accept public comments through March 5, 2012.
According to a USPTO press release, the office will publish additional AIA-related proposed rules in the Federal Register for public comment in the coming weeks. The soon-to-come proposed rule publications cover supplemental examination, post-grant review, inter partes review, transitional program for covered business methods, and derivation proceedings.