USPTO announces September 6th Roundtable on Proposed First to File Rules

On August 16th, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced its plans to conduct a roundtable to obtain public input from organizations and individuals on issues relating to the USPTO's proposed implementation of the first-inventor-to-file provisions of the America Invents Act. The USPTO plans to invite a number of roundtable participants from among patent user groups, practitioners, industry, independent inventor organizations, academia, and government. The roundtable also is open for any member of the public to provide input.  The roundtable will be held on September 6, 2012 from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM.  The roundtable will be held at the USPTO in the Madison Auditorium on the concourse level of the Madison Building, which is located at 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314. For further information contact Janet Gongola, Patent Reform Coordinator, by telephone at (571) 272-8734, or by electronic mail message at