By Carmen Santa Maria This
article is the first in a series of mini-articles considering a section
of the new patent statute and how it may affect your business. Effective
Friday, September 16, 2011, upon the signing of the Leahy-Smith Patent
Reform Act by President Obama, new fees are in effect...
By Mary Anthony Merchant, Ph.D. and Estelle Tsevdos
On September 16, 2011, President Obama signed into law the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act , which
makes significant changes to U.S. patent law. Certain provisions
related to fee increases take effect next week on September 26, 2011. The
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,...