Patent-Granting System Awaits Serious Shake-Up

Law360, New York (January 17, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. Senate is poised to push forward this spring on its long-anticipated, fiercely contested patent reform legislation – a bill that, in its current form, has the potential to dramatically change how and why the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awards patents to inventors.

At the core of that change is a provision that seeks to bring U.S. patent law in line with patent offices around the globe, moving from a “first-to-invent” system to a “first-to-file” system.

“Everyone on the planet is on a first-to-file...
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