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DOC/PTO RIN: 0651-AD47 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: ●Amendments to the Rules of Practice for Trials Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board 

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO or Office) would amend the existing consolidated set of rules relating to the USPTO trial practice for inter partes review (IPR), post-grant review (PGR), the transitional program for covered business method patents (CBM), and derivation proceedings that implemented provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) providing for trials before the Office.

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: Not subject to, not significant 
CFR Citation: 37 CFR 42   
Legal Authority: 35 U.S.C. 2(b)(2)    35 U.S.C. 6    35 U.S.C. 21    35 U.S.C. 23    35 U.S.C. 41    35 U.S.C. 135    35 U.S.C. 311    35 U.S.C. 312    35 U.S.C. 316    35 U.S.C. 321-326    Pub. L. 112-29    Pub. L. 112-274   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  06/00/2020 
NPRM Comment Period End  08/00/2020 
Final Action  09/00/2020 
Final Action Effective  11/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Scott Weidenfeller
Vice Chief Administrative Patent Judge
Department of Commerce
Patent and Trademark Office
600 Dulany Street,
Alexandria, VA 22313
Phone:571 272-9797
Fax:571 273-9797