Changes to U.S. Patent System through the New America Invents Act
Explained by U-M Associate General Counsel Rick Brandon
The America Invents Act. . .
An important change to the U.S. patent system took effect on March 16, as part of a larger overhaul to align it better with systems used in other countries and make it more predictable.
Prior to the change in the law, inventors were motivated to file patent applications early and before inventors made public disclosures. The new law maintains this motivation and should not mean huge changes for inventors on campus.
"The change in the law should be quite good for the patent system - and probably the technology-based sectors of our economy - because the new law adds a great deal of predictability to the system, and businesses and their investors seek predictability," U-M Associate General Counsel Rick Brandon said.
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