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The micro entity provision of AIA will go into effect on March 19, 2013. This provision will allow qualified applicants to claim micro entity status and to pay reduced patents fees. Certain patent fees will be reduced by 75%.
This provision of AIA allows a third party to submit a patent, patent application publication, or other printed publication for consideration in the examination of another’ patent application. A statement of the relevance of each prior art document. The pre-issuance submission provision goes into effect on September 16, 2012.submission provision goes into effect on September 16, 2012.
USPTO announces proposed rules to implement the micro entity provision of AIA. The proposed rules cover procedures for: (i) claiming micro entity status; (ii) notifying the Office of the loss of micro entity status; (iii) paying patents fees as a micro entity; and (iv) correcting payments of patent fees erroneously paid in the micro entity amount.
From March 25 through June 16, 2012 Examiners have been authorized extra time to consider responses filed after a final rejection.
According to the USPTO, the official Federal Register Notices will be published on February 9 and 10, 2012. Written comments by the public will be due by April 9 or April 10, depending on the exact publication date of the proposed rule at issue.
The new prioritized examination system known as "Track One" began on May 4, 2011. For a $4,000.00 fee, the USPTO will expedite patent applications to reaching a final disposition within twelve (12) months.