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When the America Invents Act (AIA) was signed into law in the fall of 2011, only a small number of the provisions became effective immediately. Many of the provisions, including those addressing the new and revamped administrative trials within the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), will only come into effect this fall. Perhaps the AIA’s most fundamental change to the U.S. patent system, shifting it from a first-to-invent system to a first-inventor-to-file system, will not become effective until spring 2013.

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