USPTO Releases Final Prior-Art Submission Rules Under AIA

Law360, New York (August 6, 2012, 2:57 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Monday released rules expanding the types of information patent owners and third parties can submit to a patent file and outlining how the office can use that information in certain re-examinations and reviews.

The USPTO rules implement the 'citation of prior art and written statements' provision of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, a law intended to reform the U.S. patent system, and would allow parties — including patent owners and third parties — to submit statements made by patent...
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