The America Invents Act: an in-depth analysis — challenges and opportunities

The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA or "Act"), due to be signed into law by President Obama this week, significantly changes the Patent Act for the first time since 1952. The number and variety of changes presents both a challenge to navigate the new landscape and an opportunity to gain competitive advantages by doing so more effectively than others. Below, we summarize some of the significant changes, beginning with those that take effect upon enactment or shortly thereafter. In addition, we list certain practice notes to facilitate successful navigation of the new Patent Act.

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