• American Invents Major Revisions to U.S. Patent Law
  • September 22, 2011 | Authors: Aaron M. Frankel; Randy Lipsitz; Richard L. Moss
  • Law Firm: Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP - New York Office
  • The current U.S. Patent Statute was enacted in 1952. While there have been changes to the patent law over the years, none have been as significant or as sweeping in scope as the changes that are likely to become law through the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (H.R. 1249) now being voted on in Congress. The House has already approved the legislation, and the Senate is expected to pass it shortly. Once approved, the bill is expected to be signed into law immediately by President Obama. The new law will place U.S. patent law in harmony with foreign patent law, change the manner in which patents are prosecuted and litigated in the U.S., and invite constitutional challenges to the validity of certain parts of the law. Here is a preview of the major changes to come.