If you want you want to seek patent protection for your invention, the invention should NEVER be marketed before filing a patent application. Why do I use such strong language? I will lay out my reasons below. Technically, under U.S. patent laws, inventors can publicly market their ideas and inventions for up to one year before filing a patent application. Public … [Read more...]
First to file
The first to file rule dictates the inventor who first filed a patent application on the invention with the USPTO will be awarded the patent. Browse related articles below.
Under current U.S. patent laws, the first inventor to file (FITF) a patent application on an invention is awarded the patent. This means that if two individuals separately file patent applications on the same idea, then the person who first filed its patent application in the U.S. Patent Office will be awarded the patent. The Patent Office merely looks to the filing dates of … [Read more...]
Entrepreneurs typically undertake a number of efforts in order to sell a product. They demonstrate their products to the public and one-on-one to buyers. They may engage in cold calls to set up customer meetings, place informational content on a website to provide more information about the product and attach files to e-mails. These efforts can be broadly categorized as a … [Read more...]
In 2013, the United States transitioned from a first-to-invent system to a first-inventor-to-file system under the America Invents Act. A basic difference in the two systems is that the first-to-invent system focuses on the inventor’s date of conception, whereas the first-inventor-to-file system primarily relies on the filing date of the patent application to determine who is … [Read more...]
Junior filer wins patent under first to invent but not first to file Sanofi v. Pfizer (Fed. Cir. November 5, 2013) illustrates one situation in which the older, pre-America Invents Act (AIA), first-to-invent rules benefited a junior filer, and the patent was awarded to the junior filer. Under the current first inventor to file rule, the senior filer would have been awarded the … [Read more...]