Four Features of the “First to File” System

1. New System: From “first to invent system” to the “first to file system.” “The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, signed into law on September 16, 2011, profoundly changes the U.S. patent system by awarding patents to the first inventor to file an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Thus, in order to protect […]

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