Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Implementation of First-to-File System

One of the most talked about changes brought on by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), is the conversion of the U.S. patent system from a “first-to-invent” system to a “first-inventor-to-file” system which will take effect March 16, 2013. With yesterday’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, we got the first glimpse into what changes will need to be made to fully implement this new system.

U.S.P.T.O Opens First Satellite Office in Detroit

Earlier this month, the USPTO opened its first ever satellite office in Detroit, MI. The Detroit satellite office is set to create approximately 120 jobs in its opening year.

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