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11/01/11
Patents in Chemistry. 2. Update on new law
Filed under: Mentoring, Mature professionals, Legal matters
Posted by: site admin @ 9:49 am

The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act was signed into
law.  This impacts most of us in science and technology
in one way or another.  Earlier, this blog commented on
Andy Gilicinski’s preview of the legislation listing,
however, I have not seen comments and scientific
focused reports of the signed legislation.

Without a legal filter, the following is what I have
learned:

in the law–
  1.  first to file- pressure to file a patent as soon as
conceived and follow with reduction to practical
application examples
  2.  one-year grace period protected activities
  3.  review and following examination provisions
  4.  fees for normal and expedited process review

some interpretations–
  1.  seems to favor larger firms with large legal
budgets and staff
  2.  seems to have not addressed patent troll organizations
impacts on innovation and legal actions.  1

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