How To Protect Inventions Under New Novelty Statute

Law360, New York (September 20, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT) -- Under current statute, the public use of an invention or an offer for sale within one year of filing a patent application does not serve as a bar to novelty. Under the America Invents Act, enacted by the U.S. Congress in 2011, new provisions related to novelty will take effect on March 16, 2013. With these provisions, companies will need additional safeguards on their intellectual property, including experimental or prototype products, until their associated inventions are fully described in filed patent applications.

Unlike previous patent law,...
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