United States Patent and Trademark Office January 6, 2012 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Changes To Implement the Inventor's Oath or Declaration Provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Document Number: 2011-33815
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-01-06
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office) proposes changes to the existing rules of practice to implement the inventor's oath or declaration provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. The Office proposes to revise and clarify the rules of practice relating to the inventor's oath or declaration, including reissue oaths or declarations, assignments containing oath or declaration statements from inventors, and oaths or declarations signed by parties other than the inventors. In order to better facilitate processing of patent applications, the Office further proposes to revise and clarify the rules of practice for power of attorney and prosecution of an application by an assignee.