Saturday, April 14, 2012

Chief Judge Smith - Addressing Key Aspects of the America Invents Act

The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act Implementation web page contains news and information regarding the USPTO's implementation of the America Invents Act (AIA). As part of that effort, Chief Judge Smith of the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences recently gave a message explaining the proposed rules for inter partes review (IPR), post grant review (PGR), covered business method review, and derivation under the AIA.

Chief Judge Smith says the public is regularly raising certain issues such as: (a) standards necessary to trigger inter partes (IPR) and post grant reviews (PGR), (b) the real party in interest requirement for an IPR/PGR petitioner, (c) timing for completion of a new trial, (d) the pro hac vice admission of non-registered practitioners, and (e) the definition of the term technological invention.

The following links give Chief Judge Smith's input on these key aspects of the AIA:
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