Senate Passes the America Invents Act


Landmark Patent Reform Bill Ready for President Obama’s Signature September 2011 Client Alert Intellectual Property

On September 8, 2011, the Senate passed the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”), without amendments to the version passed by the House. The passage of this landmark patent reform bill sets the stage for President Obama to sign into law the first major overhaul of the US patent system since 1952. The bill attempts to provide clarity to the statute, encourage inventors to file patent applications as early as possible in the US Patent & Trademark Office (“USPTO”), promote and increase manufacturing in the United States and, ultimately, benefit the US economy. Unless stated below, the new laws will take effect 18 months after enactment and will apply to any application or patent with an effective filing date after that time.

The bill contains a number of major changes to the current patent system, including..

Please see full alert below for more information.

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

Written by:

Published In:

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.

© White & Case LLP | Attorney Advertising

Don't miss a thing! Build a custom news brief:

Read fresh new writing on compliance, cybersecurity, Dodd-Frank, whistleblowers, social media, hiring & firing, patent reform, the NLRB, Obamacare, the SEC…

…or whatever matters the most to you. Follow authors, firms, and topics on JD Supra.

Create your news brief now - it's free and easy »

All the intelligence you need, in one easy email:

Great! Your first step to building an email digest of JD Supra authors and topics. Log in with LinkedIn so we can start sending your digest...

Sign up for your custom alerts now, using LinkedIn ›

* 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.