Transitioning Into A New Patent Landscape

Law360, New York (September 19, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT) -- On Sept. 16, 2011, President Barack Obama signed into law the America Invents Act (“AIA”), which effectuates the most significant and wide-ranging changes to U.S. patent law since the Patent Act of 1952.[1]

Among the fundamental changes to U.S. patent law created by the act are:

1) The change from a first-to-invent system to a first-to-file system;

2) The institution of post-grant opposition proceedings within the United States Patent and Trademark Office, enhanced prior-user rights, and changes to the false-marking provisions; and

3) The elimination of...
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