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Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP: Patent Filers: Beware the Ides of March

January 2 to March 15, 2013 will be beyond busy, so planning is essential By Bruce D. Sunstein , a member of our Patent Practice Group The Ides of March in the coming year should be heeded by all patent filers. March 15, 2013 is the last day on which an application can be filed in the U.S. without...

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...

Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione: Patent Office's New Fee Structure Begins March 19, 2013

The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) provided the USPTO with new fee-setting authority. The authority specifically permits the USPTO to set fees to recover the cost of patent operations, reduce the current patent application backlog, decrease patent application pendency, improve patent quality,...