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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...