USPTO Publishes Final Rules and Guidelines Governing First-Inventor-to-File | | Patents & Patent Law. Pursuant to the AIA, the USPTO published thee final rules of practice implementing the first-inventor-to-file provisions, which become effective March 16, 2013. Other AIA related rules were published today as well, including, as ipwatchdog reports, “the agency’s interpretation of how the first-inventor-to-file provision alters novelty and obviousness determinations for an invention claimed in a patent application.”

The USPTO Green Tech Program: Guidepost for the Future | | Patents & Patent Law. The America Invents Act empowers the Director of the PTO to designate certain technologies of economic importance for accelerated examination. We get some insights into what the program has accomplished through a Wayfinder Digital study.

Important Changes To U.S. Patent Law: First-To-File | Pierce Atwood LLP – JDSupra. Some good guidance on the implications of the change from First-to-invent, to first-to-file.

AIA’s March 16th Deadline Approaches «. With AIA’s first-t0-file provisions going into effect on March 16th, PTO expects a flood of new patent applications.

In Capable Hands: Profiling the New Leadership at the PTO | | Patents & Patent Law.