The United States Patent and Trademark Office will host seven Road Shows throughout the U.S. from September 16 to October 9, 2014. By way of the Road Shows, the USPTO hopes to clarify the “First Inventor to File” (FITF) provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA), which went into effect in March 2013.
According to the USPTO, the Road Shows will cover how-to’s for filing and prosecuting applications subject to FITF of the America Invents Act, the applicable statutory framework and exceptions to the FITF rule. USPTO representatives will also discuss evidentiary declaration practice under the AIA, particularly those that may be needed to invoke the exceptions to the First Inventor to File provisions.
The Agenda for all of the Road Shows will follow the general format below:
- Introduction/Review: 30 minutes;
- “Will My Application Be Examined Under the First Inventor to File or Not?” 75 minutes;
- Break: 15 minutes;
- First Inventor to File Overview and Tips on Responding to Prior Art Rejections: 60 minutes;
- Effective Use of The America Invents Act Evidentiary Declarations: 45 minutes; and
- Tour of the AIA/FITF Website and Q&A: 15 minutes.
The first Road Show will be held in Concord, New Hampshire on September 16, with additional dates/cities as shown on the map, above. If you’re not in one of the listed cities, and for all of our friends abroad, the shows scheduled for September 23 (Alexandria, Virginia) and again on October 2 (Denver, Colorado) will be webcast live through the USPTO’s website. Just keep in mind that the listed start time is the local time in, respectively, Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.A. and Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.
All of the events, including the webcasts, are free and open to the public. For the in-person events, seating is first-come-first-serve. Check the USPTO website for further details (www.uspto.gov)
See the table below for date/venue information. You will need to check back at the USPTO website (www.uspto.gov) for instructions/links for the webcasts (dates/times in bold), as that information isn’t yet available:
Date & Local Time Venue Location
1-5 p.m./Tuesday, September 16 Franklin Pierce IP Center, UNH Concord, NH
1-5 p.m./Thursday, September 18 Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, Engineering Madison, WI
1-5 p.m./Tuesday, September 23 USPTO Headquarters Alexandria, VA
1-5 p.m./Tuesday, September 30 Dallas Bar Assoc., Belo Mansion Dallas, TX
9 a.m.-1 p.m./Tuesday, October 2 USPTO Rocky Mountain, Reg. Office Denver, CO
9 a.m.-1 p.m./Tuesday, October 7 Cupertino Community Hall Silicon Valley, CA
1-5 p.m./Tuesday, October 9 Georgia Tech, Scheller College Atlanta, GA