AIA – Summary of new § 102(a) and (b)
The America Invents Act of 2011 contains a number of very important changes to United States patent law. Probably the most discussed change is that of a “first to invent” system to a “first inventor to file” system. This change is implemented in Sections 102(a) and 102(b) of Title 35 of the United States Code, and will go into effect on March 16, 2013. These two sections contain a lot of changes making them significantly different from their current counterparts. It is difficult to read the text of the statute and understand its full impact without going through a number of scenarios. The link in this post is to a Powerpoint presentation that lays out most of the significant timing questions via a number of distinct scenarios. The presentation also includes a number of “take-aways” and practice tips that are immediately significant for applicants to understand even prior to March 16, 2013.