Six important things for inventors to do to thrive under the “first-inventor-to-file” patent system

The first-to-invent patent system will be replaced with what is often called a first-inventor-to-file system for patent applications.

President Obama signed the America Invents Act (AIA) into law in September 2011. Under one of the most important provisions of the AIA, the longstanding first-to-invent patent system will be replaced with what is often called a first-inventor-to-file system for patent applications with an effective filing date of March 16, 2013 or later. In the run-up to next March, there is likely to be significant attention in the press – and plenty of misinformation – regarding how first-inventor-to-file works and how it will impact entrepreneurs.

 

 

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