Topic: America Invents Act

White House Continues Fight Against Patent Abuse

Earlier this month, the White House announced three new executive actions intended to “combat patent trolls and further strengthen our patent system and foster innovation.” From attorneys Jennifer Lane Spaith and David Tseng of Dorsey & Whitney: “The first action aims to ‘crowdsource’ prior art by allowing ‘companies, experts, and the general public’ to help… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: SEC Demands, Activist Money, Religious Accommodations, Risk Retention

Wait – you haven’t signed up for email delivery of the JD Supra Corporate Brief? What are you waiting for? Give the SEC an inch, and they’ll want to take a mile… (Orrick) Looking for the latest in class action trends? It’s right here… (Skadden) The PTO’s first decision under the America Invents Act invalidated… Read more »

What’s New in the Fight Against Patent Trolls? The FTC Jumps In, Federal Legislation Advances, Judges Take Sides, and More…

Whatever you call them – non-practicing entities, patent assertion entities, patent holding companies, patent monetization entities, or patent trolls – businesses that generate revenue not by exploiting patents but rather by licensing them are currently under attack from all sides. Here’s a quick look at how that fight is going, from attorneys on JD Supra… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Software Patents, China Investments, Employment Visas, FCPA Violations

Happy birthday, Atticus Finch: On this day in 1960, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird was first published. Read it again to celebrate! What’s new in the world of software patents? Plenty! (K&L Gates) The Basel Committee wonders if international financial regulatory systems have become too complex. Really. (Shipkevich) Want to challenge a patent? Here… Read more »

Universities Take Note: The America Invents Act Could Destroy Your Patent Portfolio

[Link: AIA Impact on University Innovation and Tech Transfer – Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.] IP lawyer Robert Sterne at Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox has a message for universities and technology centers that generate revenue from patent portfolios built around R&D: the America Invents Act (AIA) changes everything. And not in a particularly… Read more »

Are You Ready for the ‘First-to-File’ Patent Change? It’s Just 5 Days Away…

[Link: What the First-to-File Patent Change Means (And What IP Strategists Should Do About It)] On March 16, 2013, the long-awaited “first-to-file” provisions of the America Invents Act go into effect. For your convenience, here’s a JD Supra roundup of most recent commentary and analysis on the historic change: Does The Experimental Use Exception Survive… Read more »

IP Update: Act Now to Avoid Disappointment at the “First-to-File” Patent Office

“The first-to-file system has the advantage of simplicity. It is difficult to prove when a person first mentally conceived of an invention, but it is easy to prove the date on which a patent application was filed. This enhanced simplicity, however, comes at a cost: instead of rewarding the earliest inventor, it rewards the inventor… Read more »

IP Law News: First-to-File System Set to Launch Soon, Are You Ready?

We’re less than two months away from the official launch of “First-to-File” in the United States. From Tom Kohler of law firm Downs Rachlin Martin: “The America Invents Act or ‘AIA’ was signed into law by President Obama on September 16, 2011. After an eighteen month waiting period, on March 16, 2013, two months from… Read more »

[Video Series] Sterne Kessler on America Invents Act, USPTO Contested Proceedings, & Patent Office Litigation Predictions

Washington, D.C.-based IP law firm Sterne Kessler has issued an informative series of videos featuring Robert Greene Sterne, the firm’s founding director, discussing the “huge challenges facing the new Patent Trial and Appeal Board at the United States Patent & Trademark Office.” For your interest, Mr. Sterne’s predictions: 1. The Spike: “…discusses the spike in… Read more »