The first-inventor-to-file system, and along with it, an entirely new definition of prior art contained in 35 USC §102, will apply to any patent application having an effective filing date on or after March 16, 2013.
In a three part series, we will address the new definition prior art, the exceptions to the new definition of prior art, and what this means for patentees. patent system with that of the rest of the world by changing to a first-inventor-to-file system and by eliminating the Hilmer doctrine.
Intellectual Property - AIA Series The AIA extensively reforms U. patent law, and in doing so, replaces the current first-to-invent system with a first-inventor-to-file system.These are ideas that may not be at all like yours but do the same job.Prior art is any evidence that your invention is already known.In moving to a first-inventor-to-file system, the AIA redefines what is prior art, including: Bankruptcy presents risks for, among many others, IP licensees.
Fortunately, there is a provision in the federal bankruptcy law that is designed to protect IP licensees when a licensor becomes insolvent. The amended section applies to applications initiated on or after 1 January 2005 by the filing of documents which comply with the requirements of s.15(1).