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One Year Later: Observations From The First Year Of Contested Proceedings At The USPTO

The America Invents Act - September 16, 2013 marks the one-year anniversary of the implementation of the America Invents Act, and with it, Covered Business Method (CBM) and Inter Partes Review (IPR) proceedings. To...more

9/16/2013 - America Invents Act Contested Proceedings Inter Partes Review Proceedings Patent Litigation Patent Reform USPTO

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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