Important Patent Law Changes


The most significant changes in U.S. patent law since 1790 apply to patent applications filed after March 15, 2013. If you have any new inventions or improvements on old inventions that you are considering patenting, or improvements to pending patent applications, you should call your Jackson Walker patent attorney immediately. Act NOW or you may lose valuable patent rights. Call your Jackson Walker patent attorney by February 28.

After March 15, First Inventor to File Wins!

Under the new law, if different inventors file patent applications on the same invention, the patent is awarded to the first inventor to file (new law), not the first to invent (current law). If you invent and wait before filing a patent application, you may lose your patent rights to a competitor who invented after you, but filed before you. The new law creates a "Race to the Patent Office."

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