Matters Related to First Inventor to File

OMB 0651-0071

OMB 0651-0071

The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act was enacted into law on September 16, 2011 (Pub. L. 112-29, 125 Stat. 283 (2011)). Section 3 of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, inter alia, amends the patent laws to: (1) convert the United States patent system from a "first to invent" system to a "first inventor to file" system. The changes in section 3 of the AIA went into effect on March 16, 2013, but apply only to certain applications filed on or after March 16, 2013. 37 CFR 1.55(k), 1.78(a)(6) and 1.78(d)(6) require information needed to assist the USPTO in determining whether an application is subject to 35 U.S.C. 102 and 103 as amended by the AIA or 35 U.S.C. 102 and 103 in effect on March 15, 2013. 37 CFR 1.110 requires information needed to identify the inventorship and ownership, or obligation to assign ownership, of each claimed invention on its effective filing date (as defined in § 1.109) or on its date of invention, as applicable, in an application or patent naming one or more joint inventors, when necessary for purposes of a USPTO proceeding. 37 CFR 1.130, 1.131, and 1.132 provide for the submission of affidavits or declarations needed (i) to show that a disclosure was by the inventor or joint inventor, or was by a party who obtained the subject matter from the inventor or a joint inventor (1.130), (ii) to show that there was a prior public disclosure by the inventor or a joint inventor, or by a party who obtained the subject matter from the inventor or a joint inventor (1.130), (iii) to establish prior invention or to disqualify a commonly owned patent or published application as prior art (1.131), or (iv) to submit evidence to traverse a rejection or objection on a basis not otherwise provided for (1.132).

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