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Intellectual Property: House Passes Patent Reform Law in USA


The bill includes a change that would give priority to the first-to-file for a patent, instead of the first-to-invent.


The House passed H.R. 1249, the America Invents Act on June 23, 2011 by a bipartisan vote of 304-117. The bill makes significant changes to the U.S. patent system. Among some of the larger changes included in this overhaul, the bill includes a change that would give priority to the first-to-file for a patent, instead of the first-to-invent. It also creates a new method for challenging previously issued business method patents, and limits the venue in which suits could be filed for patent infringement, including providing primary jurisdiction to federal courts. The bill also requires the Director of the Patent and Trademark Office to submit an annual spending plan as well as an annual year-end report to the House and Senate Appropriations and Judiciary Committees. Ver más...