USPTO Defends AIA's First-To-File System As Constitutional

Law360, New York (August 31, 2012, 4:34 PM EDT) -- The first-inventor-to-file system championed by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act will neither stifle innovation nor violate the U.S. Constitution, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office said Thursday in an attempt to prevent an injunction stopping the system from going into effect.

In an opposition to a motion for a preliminary injunction filed last month by Mark Stadnyk, in which the patent holder argued that passage of the AIA would both harm smaller inventors and fly in the face of the Constitution's intellectual property mandates, the USPTO...
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