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postheadericon Next AIA implementation date – March 16, 2013

IPconnect: from the Expert's QuillAs of March 16, 2013, the U.S. is changing from a First-to-Invent (FTI) system to a First-Inventor-to-File (FITF) system. The only countries that have ever used the FTI system were Canada, the Philippines and the U.S. Canada switched to a FITF system in 1989, the Philippines switched in 1998 and the U.S. switched in 2011 (effective as of March 16, 2013). So now the entire world is on a FITF system.

In a first-to-invent system, the prima facie right to the invention is given to first person who invents the actual invention, no matter when the application was filed (subject to proof of the date of invention).

postheadericon AIA Implementation – 09-16-2012

IPconnect: from the Expert's QuillThis is another red-letter day in the field of patent prosecution.  The last day that was this important was June 8, 1995 when NAFTA and GATT-TRIP became effective in the USPTO.

The America Invents Act (AIA) was signed into law on September 16, 2011 by President Obama. Seven (7) provisions of the AIA went into effect on September 16, 2012. These provisions relate to:

  • - Inventor’s oath or declaration;
    - Preissuance submission;
    - Supplemental examination;
    - Citation of patent owner claim scope statements;
    - Post-grant review;
    - Inter parties review; and
    - Covered business method review.

postheadericon Fall Patent Prosecution Course Scheduled

Tailored to meet the technical training needs of intellectual property prosecution paralegals, secretaries and associates, IPParalegals’ Patent Prosecution Fundamentals training course PPF101 is now open for registration.

COURSE SCHEDULE
Patent Prosecution Fundamentals course PPF101 commences Tuesday October 23rd, 2012; and concludes with a final test on Tuesday November 20th, 2012.

PPF101 is a 4-week / 16-hour course comprised of eight 2-hour evening classes, plus a 2-hour week 5 final test. Classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays between 7:30pm & 9:30pm U.S. CST.

Registration for IPParalegals’ PPF101 closes on Friday October 19, 2012.