PRG’s Spring 2012 Advanced Courses Program will be held from March 25-31, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs, Florida, and all courses have been updated to reflect the many impacts of AIA. We’ve posted an overview of all Spring 2012 Advanced Courses and looked at a number of highlighted courses:
- Designing Around Valid U.S. Patents
- Art and Science of Patent Searching
- Crafting and Drafting Winning Patents
- Chemical Patent Practice
- Comprehensive PCT Practice – How to Master Its Challenges
- Due Diligence Investigations
- Patent Damages
Today, let’s look at special, new one-day course focusing on the groundbreaking changes to patent law introduced by the America Invents Act (AIA) – America Invents Act: Monumental Changes, the Consequences and the Unanswered Questions. Read on to learn more about the course, and read about a special offer for the AIA course!
General Information: America Invents Act Seminar
- Course Dates: March 28, 2012
- Course Times: 8:15-11:30; 1:30-4:45 (Wed)
- Projected CLE: 6.0
- Instructors: Paul Gardner and Edward Manzo.
For more detailed information on the seminar, visit this page of the PRG website.
- The “first inventor to file” system, which takes effect on March 16, 2013, and replaces the “first to invent” system of the current law.
- The new “Post Grant Review” proceeding (so-called by the applicable new statute, Chapter 31, Sections 321-329) before the newly named Patent Trial and Appeal Board, (formerly the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences).
- A new “Inter Partes Review” proceeding before the Board under new Sections 311-319, effective September 16, 2012, which will replace old inter partes reexamination.
- A revised inter partes reexamination proceeding, which became effective on September 16, 2011 (and will expire on September 16, 2012 in favor of “Inter Partes Review” of paragraph 3 above), revised by imposing a more stringent requirement for granting a request for reexamination.
- A new derivation proceeding under new Section 291 of the statute, a proceeding before the Board whereby a patent applicant may establish that the inventive entity named in an earlier-filed application published within a year prior to initiation of the proceeding was derived by the earlier filer from the inventive entity initiating the derivation proceeding.
- Revised Section 301 of the statute which permits any person to submit not only “prior art consisting of patents or printed publications” believed to have a bearing on the patentability of a particular patent’s claims, a limitation of the previous version of the statute, but also statements of the patent owner filed in a Federal court or Office proceeding wherein the patent owner expressed a position on the scope of any claim of the particular patent, and also related documentation (e.g., court pleadings and/or evidence). Such written statement(s) and related documentation may be considered by the Office in any proceeding reviewing the patent, but only with respect to interpretation of the claim(s) involved.
- New Section 257, which permits the owner of a patent to request “supplemental examination” of the patent by the Office to consider, reconsider, or correct information believed by the applicant to be relevant. Applying the “substantial new question of patentability” standard, the Office will decide whether to order reexamination based on the information submitted in support of the patent owner’s request. If reexamination is ordered, the Office will consider all of the information submitted, not just the patents, printed publications and newly-added “written statements” to which ex parte reexamination requests are otherwise limited under Chapter 30 of the statute, Sections 301-307.
- A “Transitional Program for Covered Business Method Patents,” a proceeding before the Board under the new post grant review mentioned in paragraph 2 above, for challenging the validity any business method patent for which the petitioner initiating the proceeding (or his/her privy) had been charged with infringement.
- New “best mode” law, curiously retaining the best mode disclosure requirement in Section 112, Paragraph 1, but eliminating its violation as the basis for an invalidity or unenforceability (inequitable conduct) defense.
- “Prioritized Examination,” a procedure for obtaining expedited examination of applications, subject to applicant’s compliance with certain stringent prerequisites and payment of significant fees, aimed at final disposition of the application with 12 months of the Office’s granting of “prioritized” status.
- Prior user rights pursuant to rewritten Section 273, under which a good faith, commercial use of a claimed invention more than one year before the effective filing date of a claimed invention (or the date the claimed invention was first disclosed under a limited one-year grace period provided in Section 102(b)) is a defense to infringement.
- Certain other changes in the AIAof less substantive concern and/or less frequently encountered, will also be considered, albeit to a lesser extent, such as
- Added inventor’s oath or declaration requirements under rewritten Section 115,
- Unpatentability of tax strategies,
- Patent Office fees, including new “micro entity” fees, and
- Elimination of qui tam actions for “false marking.”
Standard tuition for the one-day AIA course is $995, but get a special rate of only $495 if you also sign up for a three-day course at this program!
Registration, Hotel Information, FAQs, and Special Offers:
- If you’re interested in registering online for this Spring 2012 Advanced Course, visit this page on the PRG website!
- You can also view the Spring 2012 Advanced Courses Catalog, which includes a print registration form.
- Visit this page for more information on the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Bonita Spring, FL.
- Want general information on PRG’s Advanced Courses? Visit this FAQ page.
- And finally, learn about all the ways you can save through PRG’s Special Offers!