By Ryan Davis (September 15, 2021, 4:20 PM EDT) -- The America Invents Act had a lengthy path through Congress before it was signed into law in September 2011, and it has spurred numerous court fights and regulatory changes in the decade since.
It took over six years from the time lawmakers first introduced legislation laying the groundwork for an overhaul of the patent system for it to be enacted. While several key provisions, including new mechanisms for challenging patents, were present from the start, they evolved over time — while others were stripped out.
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