Tuesday, March 12, 2013

America Invents Act - Repeal of Statutory Invention Registrations (SIRs) on March 16, 2013

Today, the USPTO emailed the following notice:

"Effective on March 16, 2013, the Office will no longer accept requests for Statutory Invention Registrations (SIRs). Section 3 of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) repeals the provisions of 35 U.S.C. 157 pertaining to SIRs. The effective date of the repeal of SIRs is March 16, 2013, regardless of the filing date of the application. The Office will consider any pending requests for SIRs filed before March 16, 2013. Requests for SIRs filed on or after March 16, 2013 will not be treated by the Office. More information on the repeal of SIRs can be found in the Federal Register Notice entitled “Changes To Implement the First Inventor To File Provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act,” Final Rule, 78 FR 11024 (February 14, 2013) at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-02-14/pdf/2013-03453.pdf"

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