Patent and Trademark Office March 2013 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Changes To Implement the Technical Corrections to the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act as to Inter Partes Review
Document Number: 2013-06768
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-03-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office or USPTO) is revising the rules of practice to implement the changes with respect to inter partes review that are set forth in section 1(d) of the Act to correct and improve certain provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act and title 35, United States Code (``AIA Technical Corrections Act''). Consistent with the statutory changes, this final rule eliminates the nine-month ``dead zone'' for filing an inter partes review petition challenging a first-to-invent patent or reissue patent. Under the final rule, a petitioner may file an inter partes review petition challenging a first-to-invent patent or reissue patent upon issuance, including during the first nine months after issuance.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2013-06262
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
In accordance with the requirements of the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is amending the system of records currently listed under ``COMMERCE/ PAT-TM-14 Users of Public Facilities of the Patent and Trademark Office.'' This action is being taken to update the Privacy Act notice. We invite the public to comment on the amendments noted in this publication.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2013-06254
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
In accordance with the requirements of the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is amending the system of records currently listed under ``COMMERCE/ PAT-TM-1 Attorneys and Agents Registered to Practice Before the Office.'' This action is being taken to update the Privacy Act notice. We invite the public to comment on the amendments noted in this publication.
Extension of Comment Period for Request for Comments on a Patent Small Claims Proceeding in the United States
Document Number: 2013-05162
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-06
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (``USPTO'') is extending until April 30, 2013, the period for public comment regarding a patent small claims proceeding. The USPTO is extending the public comment period to ensure stakeholders have adequate time to submit complete responses.