This program presents an in-depth explanation of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act and how it affects your business. Topics discussed include:
- A timeline of effective dates for the Act.
- Reform of the patent prosecution process including the change to a first-to-file system, the filing of an application by an assignee, supplemental review initiated by a patent owner, fast-tracking patent prosecution, the changes in fees, and unpatentable subject matter.
- Reform of the USPTO proceedings including post-grant review, inter partes review, derivation proceedings, and third-party pre-issuance submissions.
- Patent litigation reforms including the demise of the best mode of defense, a new prior use defense, diminished importance of advice of counsel, False Marking suits eviscerated, and limitation on joinder affecting the end of multi-defendant suits by non-practicing entities.