New USPTO Proceeding Aims To Protect True Inventors' Patents

Law360, New York (September 10, 2012, 8:39 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office unveiled final rules Monday for the new derivation proceedings under the America Invents Act, a process attorneys said will be used only rarely, but should ensure that people will not be able to get patents on things they didn't actually invent.

Although the patent reform law will shift the U.S. from a first-to-invent to first-to-file patent system in March, derivation proceedings are designed to address situations in which a party "derived" an idea from the true inventor, then filed a...
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