USPTO Issues Final Rules: First Inventor to File

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The USPTO has issued proposed rule to implement the “first to file” provisions of the AIA. The rules are open for comment until October 5, 2012.

First to File System -

The first-to-file system goes into effect on March 16, 2013. All patent applications with an effective filing date of March 16, 2013 or later will be subject to the first-to-file rules.

The first-to-file system grants patent rights to the first-inventor-to-file a patent application regardless of who was the first to invent. Current interference practice will be eliminated for all patent applications subject to the first to file system.

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