Thursday, August 23, 2012

America Invents Act - Ex Parte Reexamination Fees Increase & Inter Partes Review Replaces Inter Partes Reexamination on September 16, 2012

A brief reminder the America Invents Act (AIA) makes major changes to patent reexamination on September 16, 2012.

If you are filing a request for ex parte reexamination, you should be aware the PTO fee for filing a request increases from $2,520 to $17,750.

If you are filing a request for inter partes reexamination, you should note (1) AIA inter partes review (a fast process) replaces the current inter partes reexamination (a slow process), which means legal estoppel is more likely to attach for inter partes review, and (2) September 15, 2012 is the last day to file a request.

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