First-to-File Patent Rule Goes into Effect

On March 16, the U.S. Department of Commerce‚Äôs Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) enacted a new rule governing U.S. patents. This rule implements the first-inventor-to-file provision of the 2011 Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). According to the USPTO: “The provision, one of the hallmarks of the AIA, is a major step towards harmonization of the […]

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