New First-To-File Rules Dispel Confusion Over Disclosures

Law360, New York (July 26, 2012, 10:29 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office unveiled proposed rules Thursday for the upcoming first-inventor-to-file patent system set to take effect in March, providing some needed clarity on how the patent office plans to treat disclosures made before a patent application is filed, attorneys say.

The America Invents Act includes a one-year grace period in the new system so that an inventor's own disclosure of the invention one year before filing cannot be used as prior art that can defeat the application. Prior to Thursday's rules, there...
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