Patent Reform More Costly For Cash-Strapped Inventors

Law360, San Diego (September 27, 2011, 4:52 PM EDT) -- For individual inventors, small businesses and other entities with limited resources, securing a patent just got more costly with the recent passage of the America Invents Act.

The patent reform law, signed by President Barack Obama on Sept. 16, changes the patent prosecution process from a first-to-invent to a first-to-file set-up, makes way for prior art submissions from third parties while an application is pending and enables expansive post-grant review proceedings to contest newly issued patents — changes that make it less affordable for inventors, startups,...
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