Inventor Loses Challenge To First-To-File Patent System

Law360, New York (May 9, 2013, 3:36 PM EDT) -- A Florida federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a suit alleging that it was unconstitutional for the U.S. to change to a first-to-file patent system, ruling that the inventor challenging the switch lacked standing to sue.

Judge Steven Merryday of the Middle District of Florida rejected Mark Stadnyk's claim that the America Invents Act's new system of awarding patents to the first person to file an application, rather than the first person to in vent something, violates the U.S. Constitution's stipulation that patents should be awarded to...
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