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The America Invents Act, signed by President Obama on Sept.16, significantly altered the landscape of patent enforcement for businesses and inventors. In an effort to streamline the patent dispute process, the bill provides incentives designed to make it more desirable to keep challenges within the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. These incentives limit, but don’t remove, what have been perceived as abuses that needlessly exacerbated the time and expense of litigation.

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