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DOC/PTO RIN: 0651-AD34 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: Rules of Practice to Allocate the Burden of Persuasion on Motions to Amend in Trial Proceedings Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board 

The United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO” or "Office”) changes the rules of practice in inter partes review ("IPR”), post-grant review ("PGR”), and the transitional program for covered business method patents ("CBM”) ("collectively post-grant trial”) proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ("PTAB” or "Board”) to allocate the burdens of persuasion in relation to motions to amend and the patentability to substitute claims herein.

Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant 
CFR Citation: 37 CFR 42   
Legal Authority: 35 U.S.C. 2(b)(2), 6, 21, 23, 41, 135, 311, 312, 316, and 321-326    Pub. L. 112–29, 125 Stat. 284    Pub. L. 112‒274, 126 Stat. 2456   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  10/22/2019  84 FR 56401   
NPRM Comment Period End  12/23/2019 
Final Action Effective  06/00/2020 
Final Action  07/00/2020 
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:
Christopher L. Crumbley
Lead Administrative Patent Judge
Department of Commerce
Patent and Trademark Office
P. O. Box 1450,
Alexandria, VA 22313-1450
Phone:571 272-9797
Fax:571 273-9797