The America Invents Act was signed into law on Friday September 16, 2011.
This legislation contains some very significant changes to US Patent and Trade Mark Practice. However, some of these changes will not be effective for 12-18 months.
Important changes include:
- There are first inventor to file priority provisions.
- There are new post grant procedures.
- There are new inter-parties procedures.
More specifically, the Act has immediate effect to increase Patent and Trade Mark Office fees by 15% on almost all fees including maintenance fees.
Article Published September 21st, 2011