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New patent legislation swaps interference for derivation proceedings

USA - September 26 2011 With the enactment of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), the United States will follow the rest of the world by adopting a “first-to-file” system.

Dawn-Marie Bey

USPTO issues final rule to implement prioritized examination track (Track I) - limits no. of cases to be accepted in 2011

USA - April 6 2011 On April 4, 2011, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (Patent Office) issued a final rule to implement prioritized examination upon an applicant’s request, payment of a $4,000 request fee and payment of other standard filing fees.

John Harbin, Dawn-Marie Bey