M. Bruce Harper
Historically, the United States
has been a first-to-invent jurisdiction. A diligent inventor that
applied for a U.S. patent might be able to assert superior rights over a
subsequent inventor, even if the subsequent inventor was the first to
file a U.S. patent...
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...
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...