Intellectual Property Law, Washington DC

USPTO Proposes Rules to Implement Transitional Program for Covered Business Method Patents under the America Invents Act

February 10, 2012

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office or USPTO) proposes new rules to implement the provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act that create a new transitional post-grant review proceeding for covered business method patents to be conducted before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Board). These provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act will take effect on September 16, 2012, one year after the date of enactment. These provisions and any regulations issued under these provisions will be repealed on September 16, 2020, with respect to any new petitions under the transitional program.

The complete notice is available at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-02-10/pdf/2012-2532.pdf