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DOC/PTO RIN: 0651-AD11 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: ●Trial Proceedings Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board 
Abstract: The Agency is considered proposing revisions to rules governing trial proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. 
Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 37 CFR 42   
Legal Authority: 35 U.S.C. 316    35 U.S.C. 326    35 U.S.C. 6   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/00/2016 
NPRM Comment Period End  01/00/2017 
Final Action  04/00/2017 
Final Action Effective  06/00/2017 
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:
Susan Mitchell
Lead Administrative Patent Judge
Department of Commerce
Patent and Trademark Office
600 Dulany Street, P. O. Box 1450,
Alexandria, VA 22313
Phone:571 272-8715
Fax:571 273-8715
Email: susan.mitchell@uspto.gov