During last week’s hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on the implementation status of the America Invents Act (AIA), most of the invited speakers offered particular comments/suggestions on the USPTO’s implementation efforts. Many of these comments were simply re-presentations of written comments submitted this past Spring.
Others focused on possible technical amendments to the AIA. Interestingly, former Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner (an opponent of the original legislation) accused Committee members of devising such amendments in secret. However, this accusation was quickly dismissed by other members of the Committee who took the position that no such technical amendment exists…..yet anyway. Of course, possible technical fixes have been rumored for quite some time. (webcast here)
When it comes to post grant proceedings, there are quite a few “fixes” that are needed if the legislation is to achieve the goals of the legislature. Read the rest of this entry »