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Goodlatte Proposes an Obviousness Type Double Patenting Statute

One of the provisions of the Innovation Act introduced by Congressman Goodlatte (R-VA) on October 23, 2014, purports to codify the doctrine of obviousness-type double patenting for applications and patents examined under the...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

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

A Cautionary Tale for Patent Applicants

When should a patent application be filed? Should it be filed prior to submission of a manuscript or abstract for peer-review or just prior to publication? In highly competitive technologies, it is prudent to file as soon as...more

USPTO Finalizes "First Inventor to File" Rules

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) finalized the rules of practice implementing the "first inventor to file" provision of the America Invents Act (AIA). The rules take effect March 16, 2013. The "first...more

Maximizing the Effect of Patent Applications as Prior Art Under the AIA

Now that we are less than one month away from implementation of the First-Inventor-To-File provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA), stakeholders are considering whether to file new patent applications now, to secure...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

USPTO Issues First-Inventor-to-File Examination Guidelines and Final Rule

In a press release issued earlier today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that examination guidelines and the final rule for implementing the first-inventor-to-file (FITF) provisions of the Leahy-Smith America...more

March 15 and March 18 - Two Important Dates to Make a Note Of

On March 16, 2013, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is changing from a First-to-Invent system to a First-Inventor-to-File system under the America Invents Act for all patent applications that have a priority date...more

Important Patent Law Changes

The most significant changes in U.S. patent law since 1790 apply to patent applications filed after March 15, 2013. If you have any new inventions or improvements on old inventions that you are considering patenting, or...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

Are You Ready for First-to-File Patent Priority?

Patent attorneys are expecting a flurry of patent filing activity by March 15, 2013. This is because under the American Invents Act, U.S. Patent Laws will change on March 16, 2013 and the U.S. will convert to a first-to-file...more

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

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...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

New Patent Application Filing Considerations in View of AIA Changes

As you may know, the America Invents Act (AIA) has introduced several changes to U.S. patent law. On March 16, 2013, the AIA moves the U.S. from a First-to-Invent system to a First-to-File system. This and other provisions...more

Patent Protection - Businesses that fail to heed new provisions of the America Invents Act run the risk of losing their ideas to...

Originally published in January - February 2013 | dbusiness.com. The America Invents Act represents the most significant reform of the United States patent system in 60 years. Signed into law in the fall of 2011, a...more

Major Patent Law Changes First-to-File Provisions - Effective March 16, 2013

On Saturday, March 16, 2013, the “first-inventor-to-file” provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”) go into effect. These provisions replace the current “first-to-invent” system. In addition to various other...more

Let The Race Begin: U.S. Joins The World In Rewarding The First Inventor To File

On March 16, 2013, the America Invents Act (AIA) changes U.S. patent law from a first-to-invent system to a first-inventor-to-file system, which moves U.S. patent law into closer harmony with most industrialized nations...more

Doing Business in Canada: Intellectual Property Law

Intellectual property (IP) portfolios are valuable assets that must be properly acquired, advantageously exploited and thoroughly protected in all commercially significant jurisdictions. Companies considering doing business...more

Be Prepared: America Invents Act Will Be Changing in the U.S. from ‘First-to-Invent’ to ‘First-to-File’ System

September 16, 2012 marked the second wave of implementations of the America Invents Act. The first wave of implementations took place a year ago, September 16, 2011, and included changes to false marking, fees,...more

First to Invent, First to File, or First to Disclose? Patent Reform’s Real Incentive

Many commentators call the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) the biggest reform of the United States patent laws in almost 60 years. The AIA’s most publicized and dramatic change transforms the first-to-invent system to a...more

America Invents Act of 2011: Major Changes in the Law

Patent litigation can be analogized to a game of chess. In chess each player has six distinct pieces – the king, queen, rook, bishop, knight, and pawn – each with its own strengths and weaknesses. In patent litigation,...more

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