Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione: President Obama Signs Patent Reform Legislation

Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione: President Obama Signs Patent Reform Legislation

On September 16, 2011, President Obama signed the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, also known as the patent reform bill. The America Invents Act makes the most sweeping changes to U.S. patent law in years, including moving the U.S. towards a first-inventor-to-file system, creating new USPTO proceedings for challenging the validity of patents without litigation, providing for priority examination of important technologies, expanding prior user rights as a defense to infringement and mandating the establishment of three satellite offices of the USPTO.

View America Invents Act, H.R. 1249.

Summary of the Major Changes in Patent Law and USPTO Operations.

If you have any questions or wish to discuss how this legislation may impact you, please contact your attorney at Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione. 

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