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DOC/PTO RIN: 0651-AC77 Publication ID: 2012 
Title: ●Changes to Implement the First Inventor to File Provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act 
Abstract: The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act amends the patent laws pertaining to the conditions of patentability to convert the United States patent system from a "first to invent" system to a "first inventor to file" system, treat United States patents and United States patent application publications as prior art as of their earliest effective United States, foreign, or international filing date, and eliminate the requirement that a prior public use or sale be "in this country" to be a prior art activity. The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act also repeals the provisions pertaining to statutory invention registrations. The current rules of practice in patent cases have a number of provisions based on the conditions of patentability of a "first to invent" patent system. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office) will amend the rules of practice in patent cases to adapt to the changes to the conditions of patentability in the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, and to eliminate the provisions pertaining to statutory invention registrations. 
Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 37 CFR 1.104    37 CFR 1.109    37 CFR 1.110    37 CFR 1.130    37 CFR 1.131    37 CFR 1.321    37 CFR 1.53    37 CFR 1.55    37 CFR 1.71    37 CFR 1.77    37 CFR 1.78    37 CFR 1.9   
Legal Authority: 125 Stat 283    35 USC 102    35 USC 103    35 USC 2(b)(2)    PL 112-29   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  07/26/2012  77 FR 43742   
NPRM Comment Period End  10/05/2012 
NPRM Comment Period Reopened  10/11/2012  77 FR 61735   
NPRM Comment Period End  11/05/2012 
Final Rule  01/00/2013 
Final Rule Effective  03/00/2013 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Raul Tamayo
Department of Commerce
Patent and Trademark Office
600 Dulany Street, P.O. Box 1450,
Alexandria, VA 22313
Phone:571 272-7728
Fax:571 273-7728