Topic: patent reform act

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 »

Patent Reform 2011 Reading List: ‘America Invents Act’ Passes House

The Patent Reform Act (now “America Invents Act”) has passed both the House. Here’s what leading patent lawyers on JD Supra have to say about this latest news: House of Representatives Passes Patent Reform Act (Morgan Lewis) “[T]his bill alters how the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is funded. In addition, it calls for… Read more »