MPEP Q & A 215: When Did Amendments to the Rules of Practice for Trials Before PTAB Take Effect?

Amendments to the Rules of Practice for Trials Before PTAB

Question:

When did the PDF titled ‘Amendments to the Rules of Practice for Trials Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’ take effect?

Answer:

This rule is effective May 2, 2016, and applies to all AIA petitions filed on or after the effective date and to any ongoing AIA preliminary proceeding or trial before the Office.

Chapter Details:

This question comes from the following supplement “Amendments to the Rules of Practice for Trials Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board”. This is a special supplement that at the time of this recording is currently being tested on the Patent Bar exam. Depending on future changes to the supplement and the MPEP, the question and answer may not be applicable.

Section Summary:

This question comes from the following supplement: “Amendments to the Rules of Practice for Trials Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board”.

Amendments to the Rules of Practice for Trials Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board

This final rule amends the existing consolidated set of rules relating to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office or USPTO) trial practice for inter partes review (‘‘IPR’’), post-grant review (‘‘PGR’’), the transitional program for covered business method patents (‘‘CBM’’), and derivation proceedings that implemented provisions of the Leahy Smith America Invents Act (‘‘AIA’’) providing for trials before the Office.