The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act was signed into law on Sept. 16, 2011, shifting the United States from a system where a patent is awarded to the first person who comes up with an invention to one where it’s awarded to the first person who files a patent application. The change brings the country in line with most other patent offices around the world.
 
 
 
 
Kappos guides PTO as it revs up for new law
U.S. Patent & Trademark Office director David Kappos says the new law “is a fundamental change in the way we think about writing a patent.” He is working hard preparing for it.
 
‘Trolls’ adapting to limit on multidefendant cases
Critics of “patent trolls” cheered the sweeping new law when it was enacted, but have since realized that it’s too soon for a victory lap.
 
 
Patent practitioners weigh in with the 10 things you should know about the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act.
 
PTO to expand its role in patentability challenges
Lawyers contemplating the two new review proceedings may take lessons from two existing ones. 
 
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The Fish & Richardson partner discusses important provisions in the new patent law.
 
 
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‘Apple v. Samsung’: Smart phone and tablet market at stake
The Federal Circuit will consider Apple’s claims of design-patent infringement in March.
 
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Licensing and litigation under the RAND umbrella
Recent court decisions show that a commitment to a standards-setting organization, while flexible, is far from toothless.
 
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Disclose narrowly and claim broadly at your own risk
Recent Federal Circuit decisions reveal divergent views of the written-description requirement among the judges.