Don’t Throw Away Lab Notebooks: Record-Keeping Under AIA

Law360, New York (November 8, 2012, 1:42 PM EST) -- The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act of 2011 radically transforms some of the most fundamental rules of the U.S. patent system. For many patent owners and inventors, the most important changes revolve around priority and the new definitions of prior art. On March 16, 2013, the U.S. will switch from a “first to invent” to a “first inventor to file” system, thus bringing the U.S. patent system closer in line with most jurisdictions around the world.

In general under the AIA, if two inventors separately apply for...
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