Patent law change has
become likely this year. The pending legislation would grant patent rights to
the inventor who is first to file a patent application for an invention. In
switching, U.S. patent law would resemble that of Europe, Japan, and, indeed,
most other countries of the world. In this Analysis...
As part of the Suffolk Law School Podcast Series , Leigh Martinson , of McDermott Will & Emery , recently spoke on the
America Invents Acts' transition from a first-to-invent to a first-to-file
What Does the Transition Mean and What Are the Consequences?
Mr. Martinson points out that...
First to Invent system, which has been the fundamental base of US patent law
for more than 200 hundred years, has now been replaced by a First to File
system, sort of. In this Analysis, Jim Longacre discusses the similarities and
differences between the old and new patent law and gives extensive...
For patent seekers and patent attorneys alike, March 16, 2013 will be a momentous date. On that day, the U.S. transitions from its current "first-to-invent" system to a "first-inventor-to-file" (FITF) system. Although the FITF system has been in place in every other country in the...
By Robert Schaffer and Joseph R. Robinson
On March 16, 2013, the United States will become a "first-to-file" country for determining the rights of different inventors competing for a patent covering the same invention. This is part of the recent "America Invents Act" (AIA). To...
By Mary Anthony Merchant, Ph.D.
The race to the Patent Office begins March 16, 2013, when the new first-to-file patent system takes effect. Start your engines, or at least think about the consequences of this system for current and future patent portfolios. Before March 16, actions can be taken...