Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP: U.S. Patent System Changes from “First-to-Invent” to “First-to-File” System on March 16, 2013

On March 16, 2013, the final provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA) will go into effect. Under these provisions, the U.S. patent system is changing from a "first-to-invent" system to a "first-to-file" system. Accordingly, the first inventor to file a patent application will normally...

Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione: Transitioning to First-Inventor-to-File: Part I

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...

Troutman Sanders LLP: U.S. Becomes “First-to-File” Country for Patents on March 16, 2013 - Consider Strategic Action Now

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...

Ballard Spahr LLP: Race to the Patent Office – Start Your Engines!

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...