The America Invents Act (AIA) made significant changes to U.S. patent law and practice, including converting the United States to a first-inventor-to-file system and introducing enhanced post-grant review procedures before a newly formed Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). In addition to these major revisions, the AIA made many other changes to patent practice, including introducing new rules for filing and prosecuting patent applications, providing for preissuance submissions by third parties, establishing supplemental examination procedures for patent owners to provide additional information to the patent office post-issuance, and implementing prioritized examination to accelerate the time to get a patent.
This blog is a resource published by Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP to provide news and information about patent practice under the AIA. Finnegan’s team of authors includes experienced patent prosecutors and patent litigators who address the impact of the AIA on all aspects of patent practice in the United States. Blog posts cover topics such as procedures for filing and prosecuting patent applications under the new AIA rules, post-grant proceedings before the PTAB including post-grant review of covered business method patents and inter partes review, and supplemental examination procedures now available to patent owners. Resources include links to USPTO forms, to-do checklists, and weekly practice tips. Content posted on the blog is created for informational and entertainment purposes only and does not constitute legal advice as more fully explained in the Terms and Conditions of Use.
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