The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) has published a set of new patent-related forms which will accommodate new rules that will soon go into effect under the America Invents Act (“AIA”).

The new forms, available here, become effective on September 16, 2012, and pertain to the following topics:

  • Inventor’s Oath or Declaration
  • Supplemental Examination
  • Third-Party Submissions

Additional major changes to the U.S. patent system, including the “first-to-file” provisions, will go into effect on March 16, 2013.