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."

Please see full alert below for more information.

LOADING PDF: If there are any problems, click here to download the file.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

© Jackson Walker | Attorney Advertising

Written by:


Jackson Walker on:

Readers' Choice 2017
Reporters on Deadline

"My best business intelligence, in one easy email…"

Your first step to building a free, personalized, morning email brief covering pertinent authors and topics on JD Supra:

Sign up to create your digest using LinkedIn*

*By using the service, you signify your acceptance of JD Supra's Privacy Policy.

Already signed up? Log in here

*With LinkedIn, you don't need to create a separate login to manage your free JD Supra account, and we can make suggestions based on your needs and interests. We will not post anything on LinkedIn in your name. Or, sign up using your email address.