Greater Washington, DC Chapter Meeting

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
12:00 - 12:30 PM Networking

Final Implementation of the America invents Act: its Meaning and Effects

Janet Gongola, Patent Reform Gongola, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Come have lunch with Janet Gongola, Patent Reform Coordinator at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.   Janet will discuss provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA) that become effective in March 2013, including first-inventor-to-file, new patent fees, and the micro entity discount.  These provisions are critical to filing a patent application and securing a patent, and all applicants should understand how they operate.  To that end, the first-inventor-to-file provision impacts priority to a patent and the scope of eligible prior art to be applied against a claimed invention.  Janet will explain the new prior art framework created by the AIA and the new rules and agency guidance made to implement that framework.  Next, the USPTO has released new patent service fees, and Janet will discuss the history behind those fees and review key changes that impact the cost of a patent.  Lastly, Janet will address the new micro entity discount, which reduces the fees that micro entities must pay for a patent by 75%.  Janet will walk through the process to obtain the discount and save hundreds on patent service fees.  Besides these topics, Janet will field questions about other AIA provisions already in effect and share the latest filing statistics.  So again, come have lunch with Janet and gain an understanding of what you need to know about the AIA to file and finance a patent application after March 2013.

Sidley Austin LLP
1501 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 736-8000

LES Members: $30
Non-Members:  $40

Online Registration Deadline:  Monday, March 18, 12 PM EST

No refunds after March 18, 2013
Substitutions are permitted

Janet Gongola
is the Patent Reform Coordinator at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In this capacity, she manages all aspects of patent reform implementation for the agency. Ms. Gongola has been an Associate Solicitor in the Office of the Solicitor at the USPTO where she provided legal advice to agency officials and defended decisions of the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit as well as district courts across the country.

Before joining the USPTO, Ms. Gongola served as a law clerk for Chief Judge Paul R. Michel at the Federal Circuit and for Chief Judge Sue L. Robinson in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. Ms. Gongola previously worked as a patent attorney, patent agent, and research chemist at Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis, Indiana. Ms. Gongola graduated summa cum laude with a J.D. from Indiana University School of Law—Indianapolis, and she received B.S. degrees in Chemistry, Mathematics, and English from Muskingum University.

Ms. Gongola is an officer of the Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court. She has served as an adjunct professor at the George Mason University School of Law and currently teaches at the George Washington University Law School.

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Ray Van Dyke
LES Washington DC Chapter Chair