New patent office procedures take effect
Abstract: Since 2013, American inventors have faced new rules for filing and challenging patents on their products and systems. These new rules are part of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act of 2011 (AIA), a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s patent system that took years to finalize. Many of these rules are of particular interest to manufacturers, a sector that frequently finds itself on either side of, or as a third party to, disputes over inventions. This article explains how the AIA’s new procedures can allow disputes to be settled more quickly and less expensively than in the past.