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The AIA Three Years Later: How First-to-File Placed a Premium on Provisional Applications


The AIA Three Years Later: How First-to-File Placed a Premium on Provisional Applications

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The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) has been the biggest change to U.S. patent law in 60 years. Now that the dust has settled, we are starting to see the impact the AIA has had on the landscape of patent prosecution, and particularly on the status of provisional patent applications. While obtaining the earliest possible […]

Micro Entities: the Birth of New Genre of Patent Applicants

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One of the lesser talked about aspects of the America Invents Act (AIA) is the creation of a new type of filing entity before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Traditionally, all inventors or companies filing patent applications fell into either the small or large entity designation. To be considered “small,” the individual […]

Five Things to Know About Provisional Patent Applications

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First introduced in 1995, the always-popular provisional patent application process has become even more widely used since the America Invents Act switched the U.S. patent system to a first-to-file standard in March 2013.