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Federal Circuit Sidesteps Constitutionality of AIA First-to-File Provision

MadStad Eng’g, Inc. v. USPTO - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit faced an issue of first impression when a named inventor on three patents challenged the first-inventor-to-file provision of the America...more

USPTO to Host America Invents Act Roadshow in Seven Cities Nationwide

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that it will host seven roadshow events across the country to increase public understanding of the First Inventor to File (FITF) provisions of the America Invents Act. The...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Winter 2014

The America Invents Act (AIA) came into law back in September 2011, but it was not until last March that its provisions were completely phased in. The changes last year included not only the switch from a “first-to-invent” to...more

Top Three Stories of 2013

Reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its seventh annual list of top biotech/pharma patent stories. For 2013, we identified fourteen stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year...more

The Year of the Patent Troll

2013 was another milestone year for patents. Here are some highlights: - The most significant change in U.S. Patent Law from the America Invents Act (AIA) was implemented on March 16, 2013, changing the system from a...more

TC's inside IP - Winter 2013: The AIA: Reviewing the First Year of Inter Partes Review

September 16, 2013, marked the one-year anniversary of the implementation of the America Invents Act, and with it, the introduction of an important tool for challenging the validity of an issued patent at the U.S. Patent and...more

The Five Ps of Patent Reform: What You Need to Know About the Patent Litigation Reform Legislation Moving Through Congress

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) was passed by Congress and enacted into law on September 16, 2011. Named for its lead sponsors, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), the Act changed the U.S. patent...more

Recent Developments In Information Technology Law – Third Quarter 2013

INTRODUCTION - Enactment of the America Invents Act was the biggest patent news of 2011, but its most comprehensive provisions were implemented September 16, 2012, and March 16, 2013. For example, one of its biggest...more

Coalition Opposes Expansion of AIA § 18

Last week, a coalition of more than 100 companies and organizations including the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), the California Healthcare Institute (CHI), and Eli Lilly & Company, sent a letter to Congressional...more

USPTO AIA Forum to Be Held on Second Anniversary of the America Invents Act

On September 16, 2013–the second anniversary of the America Invents Act (AIA)–the USPTO will host a forum on the AIA at its Alexandria, Virginia campus. The USPTO AIA forum will provide an overview of AIA implementation to...more

Op-Eds in The Scientist Debate Impact of the AIA

Two Op-Eds appearing in The Scientist over the summer present competing views on the impact of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. In an article published in July, Dr. George Lewis, the Chief Scientific Officer and...more

The America Invents Act (AIA) Affects Design Patents, Too

Over the last few years, companies have increasingly recognized the value of design patents, which are directed to the ornamental (non-functional) appearance of a product....more

Considerations for Biopharma Under a First-Inventor-to-File Regime [Video]

The America Invents Act brings many significant changes to US patent law, the most fundamental of which is the shift from a first-to-invent system to a first-inventor-to-file system. Kenley K. Hoover, Ph.D., a director at the...more

Historic Patent Act Whets Washington's Appetite

On March 16, the most significant provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA) came into force. The AIA was seen as the most extensive alteration to patent law in half a century, and was hotly debated over nearly a decade. The...more

Focus on Private Equity - Issue 2, June 2013

In This Issue: - Avoiding Repricing Pitfalls - America Invents Act: Practical Considerations for Portfolio Companies. - Excerpt from Avoiding Repricing Pitfalls: Perhaps it is no more than a result of...more

Intellectual Property Topics for Mobile-Device Healthcare and Medical Information Technology

Developers seeking to innovate using wireless terminals, information networks and devices, as well as users seeking to exploit new innovations, generate proprietary rights that may need to be perfected, and which might be...more

Maximizing the Value of Pre-AIA Patent Applications Using First-to-File Regime – Part III

In this final post of our trilogy, we present a third scenario where the first-to-file regime under AIA offers previously unavailable opportunities for disqualifying certain prior art references....more

Maximizing the Value of Pre-AIA Patent Applications Using First-to-File Regime – Part II

Our previous post discussed the need for invoking the first-to-file regime in order to maximize the value of certain pre-AIA applications that claim foreign priorities. Here, we present another scenario where the different...more

Maximizing the Value of Pre-AIA Patent Applications Using First-to-File Regime – Part I

The first-to-file provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) took effect on March 16, 2013. The predominant view among patent practitioners is that applicants should in general keep their pre-AIA patent...more

Pro Te Solutio - Vol. 6 No. 1 February 2013

In This Issue: - Can Experts Testify as to the Ethics or State of Mind of Corporate Defendants? - Patent Reform for Biotech Companies - United States v. Caronia and its Implications for Off-Label...more

MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law - Spring 2013 - Volume 11, Issue 2: Comments on New AIA Rules

On March 16, 2013, the final (and most significant) portion of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) took effect, and the United States broke from a first-to-invent regime to a first-inventor-to-file (FITF) regime. Of...more

MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law - Spring 2013 - Volume 11, Issue 2

In This Issue: Comments on New AIA Rules; Implementing the New Micro Entity Status at the U.S. Patent Office; Obama Administration Focuses on Chinese Trade Secret Misappropriation; and Tiffany & Co. v. Costco Wholesale...more

AIA Impact on Start Up Capital [Video]

An important consideration following the implementation of the America Invents Act is how will the law will affect capital raises for critical start-ups and emerging companies. In this video, Robert Greene Sterne, a founding...more

The New Age Of Patent Enforcement In The United States: The Brave New World Post-AIA Is NOT First To File – It IS Post Grant...

Sure, First-to-File is new here, but the rest of the world has been dealing with it forever and the sky has not fallen on technological innovation elsewhere. And it won’t fall on it here either under a First-to-File system....more

AIA Impact on University Innovation and Tech Transfer [Video]

With the new First-Inventor-to-File system, the America Invents Act of 2012 has ushered in a particular set of challenges for universities and technology centers. Historically, these institutions wait to file patent...more

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