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August 3, 2012
USPTO Publishes Final Rule for Statute of Limitations Provision of the America Invents Act for Office Disciplinary Actions
Implementation of Statute of Limitations Provisions for Office Disciplinary Proceedings
USPTO No. 12-45, 37 CFR Part 11, Docket No.: PTO-C-2011-0089, RIN 0651-AC76, 7/31/2012
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has published final rules in the Federal Register on July 31, 2012, that relate to the statute of limitations provision of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) for Office disciplinary actions.
The statute of limitations provision became effective on September 16, 2011. The USPTO issued proposed rules for the OED statute of limitations provision in January 2012 and received public comments from the stakeholder community in response. That input was considered in the final rules.
“The final rule implements a key provision of the AIA by specifying the timing for the one-year period included in the statute of limitations for Office disciplinary actions,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO David Kappos.
“The Office promulgated this final rule with the benefit of valuable public input and we thank our stakeholder community for that feedback,” he added.
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