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AIA Technical Corrections Bill Signed Into Law

President Obama signed into law H.R. 6621 on January 14, 2013, enacting a number of technical corrections to the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act and title 35, United States Code. In addition to correcting a number of...more

1/16/2013 - America Invents Act Dead Zones Declaration Derivation Proceeding First-to-File HR 6621 Inter Partes Review Proceedings Inventors Patent Reform Patent Term Adjustment Patents

America Invents Act: Best Mode Removed as a Defense

On September 16, 2011, the America Invents Act (AIA) ushered in major changes to the U.S. patent system, including changes to available defenses for patent infringement. One provision that took place immediately on enactment...more

12/3/2012 - America Invents Act Infringement Patent Reform Patents

America Invents Act: Prior User Commercial Rights

Prior to the AIA, Section 273 provided a defense to business method patents only. Now, Section 273 provides an expanded defense based on earlier commercial use of a process or instrumentality used in a manufacturing or other...more

12/3/2012 - America Invents Act Covered Business Method Patents Patent Reform Patents Prior User

America Invents Act: Limitation on Joinder

On September 16, 2011, the America Invents Act (AIA) ushered in major changes to the U.S. patent system, including changes affecting assertion of patent infringement against multiple, unrelated accused infringers. Effective...more

12/3/2012 - America Invents Act Hatch-Waxman Infringement Joinder Patent Reform Patents

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