The final rule packages for the new post grant patent proceedings of the Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) were expected to issue last week but were obviously delayed. The USPTO informed the Intellectual Property Section of the ABA (at the ABA annual meeting last weekend) that these final rule packages will publish on August 14th. (available in the Federal Register reading room on the 13th). The delay is a result of the time needed for publishing agencies to review such a significant submission. For example, last Friday the USPTO was asked to adjust minor formatting, section headings/numbering, etc to the original submission made in July.
While the agency was tight lipped as to changes in the final rules during their presentations over the weekend, reading between the lines Read the rest of this entry »