The USPTO is presently working on the International Patent Protection for Small Businesses and Prior User Rights Studies, both of which have reports due to Congress in mid-January. They recently published two Federal Register Notices (available on the PTO website) seeking written comments and/or testimony in a hearing setting from the public. The Notices are also available here:
The agency would greatly benefit from public input on both studies, either through written comments and/or oral testimony at the hearings they have planned. Here are the logistics for those hearings:
• International Patent Protection: Thursday, October 27th from 1 to 4 PM at the USPTO and Tuesday, November 1st from 9 AM to noon at USC Law School in Los Angeles
• Prior User Rights: Tuesday, October 25th from 8:30 to 11:30 AM at the USPTO
Thank you, and we hope you can take advantage of this opportunity to participate in the dialogue about the America Invents Act.