The America Invents Act and What it Means for the Future of Patent Acquisition and Enforcement

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On September 8, 2011, the United States Senate approved the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (H.R. 1249), finalizing congressional acceptance of long-anticipated U.S. patent reform. The Senate’s passage comes only months after the House of Representatives voted to pass the bill on June 23, 2011, and brings many changes to U.S. patent law. This summary presents some of the key provisions of the Act, and what each means for the future of patent acquisition and enforcement.

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