USPTO Keynote Address: The USPTO’s Efforts to Implement AIA Provisions Impacting Patent Prosecution

January 22, 2014 1:15pm

Janet Gongola
Patent Reform Coordinator
United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

In this exclusive keynote address, Ms. Janet Gongola will discuss the status of the implementation of the AIA, and how the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) will operate during the gap years where pre- and post-AIA rules are at play. Ms. Gongola will also discuss the training of its examiners and the various protocols in place to manage patent applications submitted during this tumultuous time. In addition, the representative will provide insight into the dynamics of the pre-issuance period, including analysis of the interplay of disclosures of prior art, third party prior art submissions, and supplemental re-examinations. Finally, the representative will assess the effectiveness of the new “Track 1”, prioritized examinations.