By Dennis Crouch
On February 14, 2013, the USPTO published its final rules to govern implementation of the first-to-file provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. The new rules will apply to any application claiming with an effective filing date of on or after March 16, 2013. The USPTO has simultaneously released its Examination Guidelines for Implementing the First Inventor To File Provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. These documents run 160 and 120 pages respectively.
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