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America Invents Act: Key Aspects for Patent Lawyers and Agents


Condensed from the Thomson Reuters/West book “Patent Reform 2011: The Leahy-Smith America Invest Act: Commentary and Analysis” by Husch Blackwell attorneys, this presentation by Husch Blackwell Partner Edward Manzo addresses key aspects of the America Invents Act and their implications specifically for patent lawyers and patent agents. Provisions of the Act covered in the presentation include first inventor to file, expanded definitions of prior art, grace period requirements, expanded prior user defense, new and revised procedures at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, specific subject matter, best mode, marking and mismarking, venue, joinder and consolidation, fee diversion, priority examination, prioritized examination, and special provisions for small entities or individual inventors.

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