What the First-to-File Patent Change Means (And What IP Strategists Should Do About It)

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On March 16, 2013, the United States patent system will change fundamentally when we switch from a "First to Invent" to "First to File" system, thanks to the America Invents Act.

What will it mean for businesses and inventors as the United States switches to a patenting system already used in many other countries? A lot, actually. Here's an overview of "First to File" and what you should do about it in advance of March 16th. See more +

On March 16, 2013, the United States patent system will change fundamentally when we switch from a "First to Invent" to "First to File" system, thanks to the America Invents Act.

What will it mean for businesses and inventors as the United States switches to a patenting system already used in many other countries? A lot, actually. Here's an overview of "First to File" and what you should do about it in advance of March 16th.

For additional commentary and analysis, browse JD Supra section on this topic, linked below.

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Topics:  America Invents Act, First-to-File, First-to-Invent, Intellectual Property Litigation, Inventions, Patent Reform, Patents, Prior Art

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