First-To-File Patent System To Favor Big Biz

Law360, New York (September 13, 2011, 6:02 PM EDT) -- Shifting the U.S. from a first-to-invent to first-to-file patent system as mandated by the newly passed America Invents Act will bring clarity to patent law, but the change presents a steep learning curve for many applicants and could put small companies at a great disadvantage, attorneys say.

Once President Barack Obama signs the patent reform bill into law later this week, the clock will start ticking towards the demise of America's anomalous system in which patents are awarded to the first applicant to invent a technology....
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