February 13, 2013
Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a pre-publication notice indicating that the "first-to-file" rules and an accompanying set of examination guidelines will be published tomorrow in the Federal Register.
The rules and examination guidelines are available for download.
Fitch Even attorneys are studying the new rules and examination guidelines and will provide an updated Fitch Even IP Alert shortly.
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