Preissuance Submissions

The AIA made it easier for third parties to submit prior art relating to pending patent applications through Preissuance Submissions.  The AIA expanded the time for making such submissions, guaranteeing third parties at least six motnhs from publication to make the submission (unless the application is allowed sooner), and allowing such submissions until the first substantive Since September 16, 2012, 529 Preissuance Submissions have been made, as illustrated in this graph from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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About Bryan Wheelock

Education J.D., Washington University in St. Louis B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering, Duke University Bryan Wheelock's practice includes preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications and drafting of intellectual property agreements, including non-compete agreements. He has brought and defended lawsuits in federal and state courts relating to intellectual property and has participated in seizures of counterfeit and infringing goods. Bryan prepares and prosecutes U.S. and foreign patent applications for medical devices, mechanical and electromechanical devices, manufacturing machinery and processes, metal alloys and other materials. He also does a substantial amount of patentability searching, trademark availability searching and patent and trademark infringement studies. In addition to his practice at Harness Dickey, Bryan is an Adjunct Professor at Washington University School of Law and Washington University School of Engineering.