September 2012

Pre-Issuance Submissions by Third Parties

By: Sandra King & Kyle J. Trout  |   September 16, 2012

The U.S.P.T.O. recently published final rule changes, implementing section 8 of the AIA, to go into effect on September 16, 2012. These rule changes provide a new and more easily accessible mechanism for third parties to influence the prosecution of patent applications by other entities.