On September 16, 2011, President Barack Obama signed into law the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. This Act is touted as the most comprehensive overhaul to our patent system since 1836.
The new law is intended to afford more certainty for patent applicants and owners, and provide the USPTO the resources needed to operate efficiently and issue high-quality patents. Implementation of the new law will occur over a period of months, and our USPTO team will seek input and provide updates all along the way.
Timeline in graphical format:
Here’s a listing of documents available from the USPTO:
- America Invents Act Signing Ceremony
- White House chat on the America Invents Act
- Press Release: President Obama signs America Invents Act
- Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
- America Invents Act Effective Dates
- USPTO Fee Schedule
Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 21, 2011 @ 2:10pm, Commissioner Robert L. Stoll will talk at the 21st All Ohio Annual Institute on Intellectual Property here in Cincinnati, OH.