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DOC/PTO RIN: 0651-AD47 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Changes Under Consideration to Discretionary Institution Practices, Petition Word-Count Limits and Settlement Practices for America Invents Act Trial Proceedings Before the Patent Trial & 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. The Office obtained public feedback on its discretionary practices through a Request for Comments issued October 2020. The Office further issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on April 21, 2023, soliciting comments regarding a range of proposals that relate to the rules and received over 14,500 comments from stakeholders in response. The proposed rule takes into account the feedback received from stakeholders.

Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Long-Term Actions 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
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 to 316    35 U.S.C. 321 to 326    Pub. L. 112-29    Pub. L. 112-274   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Request for Comments  10/20/2020  85 FR 66502   
Comment Period Extended  11/18/2020  85 FR 73437   
Comment Period End  12/03/2020 
ANPRM  04/21/2023  88 FR 24503   
ANPRM Comment Period End  06/20/2023 
NPRM  To Be Determined 
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:
Michael Tierney
Vice Chief Administrative Patent Judge
Department of Commerce
Patent and Trademark Office
600 Dulany Street, P.O. Box 1450,
Alexandria, VA 22313-1450
Phone:571 272-9797
Fax:571 273-0053