On May 19, 2015, the USPTO released a final rule package, which amends the rules of practice for AIA trials before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).[1]  This is the first of two rules packages that the USPTO is releasing in response to public feedback regarding the current rules for AIA trials.[2]  The first package contains final rules reflecting “ministerial changes to the rules,” whereas the second proposed package “will issue later to address more involved changes to the rules....”[3]  The May 19 rules package codifies the quick fixes to AIA trials pertaining to page limits and motions to amend.  These quick fixes were first adopted on March 27, 2015 after USPTO Director Michelle K. Lee announced them on the Director’s forum blog.[4]  The tables below provide an overview of most of the rule changes.[5]

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Venable will continue monitoring changes to AIA trial practice and procedures and will provide an update on the second rules package when it issues.