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Reaching a Milestone: Filing of the First Ever Petition for a Post-Grant Review

On August 5, 2014, a milestone was reached for AIA trials. For the first time, a petition for a Post Grant Review (PGR) was filed. As was the case with the first covered business method review, the first PGR will likely be...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

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

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

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

Capital Infusion - May 2013: A New Day for Patents

As of March 16, 2013, all the provisions of the Leahy-Smith American Invents Act (“AIA”) have become effective. The AIA creates a new patent system for the United States with important ramifications for all technology...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

Intellectual Property Litigation Alert: Post-Grant Review And Inter-Partes Review Are New Alternatives To Federal Litigation

In September 2011, the America Invents Act (AIA) reformed the United States patent statutes. One of the most significant reforms is the change from a "first-to-invent" system to a "first-inventor-to-file" system for new...more

First Inventor to File System Dictates Changes in Patent Filing Strategies

One of the most significant provisions of the recently enacted America Invents Act (AIA), the change from a "first to invent" system to a "first inventor to file" system, will go into effect March 16, 2013. Currently, the...more

The America Invents Act: All Grown Up in 2013

The America Invents Act (AIA), which was commonly referred to as the “patent reform bill,” was signed into law in 2011, rolled out in 2012 and 2013, and business owners are still wondering what, if anything, it means to them....more

The First-to-File Patent System is Coming - Optimize Your System Now

On March 16, 2013, the "first-to-file" provisions of the America Invents Act ("AIA"), will take effect, replacing the current first-to-invent system. Here we provide specific recommendations to optimize protection of your...more

Significant Provisions of the America Invents Act Set to Take Effect in March

The final and most significant changes under the Leahy-Smith American Invents Act (AIA) will become effective on March 16. This Client Alert explains what should be considered before and after that date. U.S. Goes From...more

Top Ten Reasons To File Your Patent Applications Before March 16, 2013

The recently enacted America Invents Act (AIA) introduces major changes to the U.S. patent laws, with some significant provisions taking effect on March 16, 2013. These provisions provide several compelling reasons to file...more

Upcoming Patent Law Changes Will Put Pressure on Patents

Originally published in Pharmaceutical Outsourcing’s website on December 2012. Patent law is changing rapidly. The changes are putting even greater pressure on patents as a tool for protecting a pharmaceutical or...more

MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law - Fall 2012 - Volume 10, Issue 4: Post-Grant Review: A...

The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), signed into law in 2011, promises the most radical changes to U.S. patent law in over 50 years. The act eliminates the first-to-invent system of granting patents in favor of a...more

The America Invents Act and Your Business

The America Invents Act (AIA)— commonly referred to as the “patent reform bill”— was signed into law last month and business owners are still wondering what, if anything, it means to them. Given that patent reform has been...more

What You Should Know About Patent Reform

Patent reform has been in the pipeline, in one form or another for a number of years....more

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