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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office To Implement New Patent Quality Process

From the USPTO : Derivation Proceeding Ensures Inventors Obtain Patents for their Inventions Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today [Sept. 10th] that it is creating a new proceeding designed to ensure the first person to...

Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP: Derivation Proceedings

Among the changes introduced by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is the implementation of a "first-to-file" system. Generally, under the first-to-file system, if there are two competing applicants for the same patentable invention, the first inventor to file will be awarded the patent...