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What: Road Show Series sponsored by the U.S. Patent Office
When: Various dates between September 16 and October 9, 2014
Where: Various locations throughout the U.S. with live webcast on September 23 and October 2.

     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