Earlier, we mentioned that the United States Patent and Trademark Office will host “Road Shows” to clarify the “First Inventor to File” (FITF) provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA) (earlier post is here). If you’re not located in any of the listed cities, there will be two live telecasts- one on September 23 and one on October 2, 2014. We just received the information needed to link to the live telecast on September 23, 2014, which we’ll post below (also check the USPTO website here for more info). The information for the October 2 telecast isn’t yet available, but we’ll post an update when the USPTO posts the connection information.
Webcast Information for Tuesday, September 23 at USPTO Headquarters:
Topic: First Inventor To File (FITF) Roadshow
Host: Digital Multimedia5
Date and Time: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 1:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Event number: 643 625 972
Event password: 12345
Event address for attendees:
To join the teleconference only
1. Provide your number when you join the event to receive a call back. Alternatively, you can call one of the following numbers:
Dial In: 1-571-270-7000
2. Follow the instructions that you hear on the phone.
Your Cisco Unified MeetingPlace meeting ID: 643 625 972
As noted, 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.
Did you attend? Let us know if you learned anything useful from the Road Show and whether you sent any specific questions to the USPTO during the telecast (and, better yet, if the USPTO answered your question!).