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Changes to Implement the Patent Law Treaty

  • 10.29.13
  • John T. Haran, Michele A. Cimbala, Ph.D.
  • Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox

On October 21, 2013 the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a Notice of Final Rulemaking to revise its rules of practice to reflect the Patent Law Treaty and title II of the Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012. See 78 Fed. Reg. 62368. This rulemaking especially impacts four practice areas: (i) filing date requirements; (ii) priority and benefit claims; (iii) revival of abandoned application/delayed maintenance fee payments; and (iv) patent term adjustment. The effective date of this final rule is December 18, 2013.

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