USPTO “Roadshow” Coming to South Florida

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is hosting a series of events across the country to promote and support the implementation of the Leahy Smith America Invents Act.

The Act was signed into law by President Obama on September 16, 2011.  Some of the most notable changes that the Act brings about are:

 

    • *transition to a first-inventor-to-file system rather than the first-to-invent system that we have currently.
    • *fee setting authority and the ability for the Patent Office to keep all the fees it generates.  Director Kappos indicated that this will allow the Patent Office to begin “hiring Examiners immediately” to help address the backlog and create jobs.
    • *creates a post-grant review system to weed out patents that should not have been granted.

 

The public roadshow will head to the Broward County Main Library on Friday, March 2, 2012.  USPTO officials will be on hand to discuss the provisions of the Act.

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