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New Final Rules for Post-Grant Proceedings Published by USPTO on April Fools Day

Author: Thomas J. Engellenner

4/04/2016

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New Final Rules for Post-Grant Proceedings Published by USPTO on April Fools Day

The USPTO has gone ahead and finalized new rules for post-grant proceedings under the America Invents Act (AIA) – despite heavy criticism that the rules do little to alter the lopsided nature of these proceedings. The new rules were published at 81 FR 18750 on April 1, 2016 and go into effect on May 2, 2016.

Technically this “final rulemaking” amends various portions of 37 C.F.R. 42, the rules that govern post-grant proceedings under the AIA, including inter partes review (IPR), covered business method review (CBM), and post-grant review (PGR).

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