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USPTO announces publication of proposed rules and proposed examination guidelines for the first-inventor-to-file provision of the AIA

On Thursday, July 26, 2012, the USPTO announces publication in the Federal Register of proposed rules and proposed examination guidelines for the first-inventor-to-file provision of the AIA. The first-inventor-to-file provision converts the United States from a "first-to-invent" to a "first-inventor-to-file" system. The proposed rules and proposed examination guidelines amend the rules of practice to implement the conversion and set forth the Office's interpretation of how the conversion impacts sections of the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure related to novelty and obviousness. The proposed rules and proposed examination guidelines are accessible here:

Publication in the Federal Register of the first-inventor-to-file proposed rules and proposed examination guidelines opens a public comment period running until October 5, 2012. Your feedback about the agency's proposals is welcome and encouraged. Information about submitting feedback to the agency is available in each of the proposals.

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