The First-To-File Toolbox: Intake, Checklists, Templates

Law360, New York (May 20, 2014, 12:41 PM EDT) -- ​Under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, the United States has moved from a first-to-invent regime to a first-inventor-to-file (FITF) regime. The prevalent advice has been to file quickly because time is of the essence. What can we, as patent practitioners, do to ensure that the patent applications we're trying to get on file as quickly as possible are also high-quality patent applications?

First, we must adapt to inventors and tailor the invention submission process to them. Second, we can use an AIA-compliant checklist for invention disclosure meetings to ensure that all questions for inventors are expeditiously addressed. And third, we can...

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