First-inventor-to-file system under the America Invents Act The America Invents Act (“AIA”) was signed into law on September 16, 2011, but different parts of the America Invents Act take effect at different times. The provisions transitioning the United States from a first-to-invent system to a first-inventor-to-file system become effective March 16, 2013. However, acts of … [Read more...]
Public Disclosure Exception
Under the public disclosure exception to the first to file system, a patent applicant may still overcome a earlier filed patent application or prior art reference if the patent applicant was the published the subject matter prior to the earlier filed patent application or prior art reference.