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Which Patent Law Will Apply to My Application After March 16, 2013?

As we discussed last month, the “first inventor to file” provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA) go into effect next month on March 16.  The USPTO issued its final rules for implementing the AIA last week, and a copy of the rules can be found here. Figuring out whether the AIA or pre-AIA law governs…

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Filing and Prosecution Strategies for AIA First Inventor to File System

Although the America Invents Act (AIA) was signed into law in September 2011, the “first inventor to file” provisions did not immediately take effect.  However, they will take effect in less than two months.  Are you ready? The shift to a first inventor to file system represents a significant change in U.S. Patent Law that…

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Defending the Patent Case – The America Invents Act’s Advice of Counsel Provision

A key decision for many accused infringers is whether to rely on an opinion of counsel to rebut a claim of willful infringement.  A finding of willful infringement opens the door to the assessment of enhanced damages which can be as much as three times the actual damages. At one time, the law imposed a…

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