The Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) will be holding a one-day conference entitled "AIA Strategy Considerations for Patent Filings in 2013: Should You File on March 15 or March 16 (or Both)?" from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm (Eastern) on February 20, 2013 at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, D.C.
On March 16, 2013, U.S. patent law will change from a "first inventor" to a "first-inventor-to-file" system, a change that could alter long-established pre-filing practices and application strategies. This conference will explore the differences between, and potential ramifications for, patent filings on Friday, March 15, 2013, versus filing after March 15, 2013. Strategies will be discussed relating to the new definition of "prior art" and in light of the USPTO's final First-Inventor-to-File Rules, which by statute must be published on or before February 16, 2013. Furthermore, filing strategies, in view of the transition sections AIA 3(n)(1) and 3(n)(2), including a possible strategy coined the "Jedi Master Mixer" plan, will be explored for maximizing the benefits of AIA and pre-AIA regimes. In particular, the conference will include sessions on the following topics:• Strategic Implications of AIA Prior Art;
Strategic Implications of Filing Before or After March 16, 2013? (Jedi
master mixer, etc.)
• Preparation to Execute Strategies Before or After March 16, 2013
• Strategic Implications of Inventorship/Ownership under AIA, Derivation Proceedings Instead of Interferences, and Impact on Licensing
The registration fee for the conference is $500 (IPO member) or $750 (non-member). Those interested in registering can do so here.