Over the past two years since enactment of the America Invents Act, the USPTO has generally been raising filing fees. They wanted the fees to be more in line with the actual costs for the particular services. Fee increases seem odd in that the Patent Office is a profitable organization within the U.S. government which [...]
Basic Structure Under the America Invents Act, the public can submit evidence to the Patent Office in an attempt to prevent issuance of a patent. Under the basic structure of the regulations, if the patent application is not published or accessible to the public, then a protest or a preissuance submission may be filed with [...]
The America Invents Act (AIA) which changes major sections of the current Patent Laws became law on September 16, 2011. Under the AIA, the first inventor to file, not the first to invent is awarded the patent. Other sections changes the law on false marking, attacks on best mode, and many more.