• Patent Reform Becomes Law: Highlights of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
  • October 4, 2011 | Authors: Nuala E. Droney; William J. Kelleher; Andrea Donovan Napp; Ronald W. Zdrojeski
  • Law Firms: Robinson & Cole LLP - Hartford Office ; Robinson & Cole LLP - Stamford Office ; Robinson & Cole LLP - Hartford Office
  • After years of debate, on September 16, 2011, President Barak Obama signed into law the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (Act), which introduces sweeping changes to U.S. patent law. The debate now moves to how the changes will be received in practice. The first significant overhaul to the Patent Act since 1952, the Act addresses a number of facets of patent prosecution and litigation. In this legal update, we outline the following changes: (1) provisions relating to the conversion to a first-inventor-to-file system (from the first-to-invent), (2) provisions designed to ameliorate the burden of patent litigation, and (3) provisions revamping the fees charged by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).