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Williams Mullen: Planning for the First to File

Editor 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...

Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione: Transitioning to First-Inventor-to-File: Part I

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...

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...