Inventor Urges Fed. Circ. To Nix AIA First-To-File System

Law360, Washington (March 4, 2014, 3:31 PM EST) -- A Florida inventor pushed a Federal Circuit panel on Tuesday to throw out the America Invents Act's first-to-file patent system, claiming the program is unconstitutional and forces inventors to file patent applications prematurely and incur significant additional costs to protect their innovations.

According to MadStad Engineering Inc., the AIA's first-to-file system eliminates original inventors' intellectual property rights and gives small innovators an impossible decision: Request patent protection from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office prematurely or incur thousands of dollars in additional costs to protect their...
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