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  • Race you to the Patent Office! How the New Patent Reform Act will Affect Technology Transfer at Universities

    The recent enactment of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) on September 16, 2011, marked a significant shift in the patent laws of the United States. This Bill, proposed on March 30, 2011, was finally passed in both the House of Representatives and the Senate by September 8, 2011, and was introduced to President Obama on September 12, 2011. Before this enactment, there had been no major changes to the substantive U.S. Patent laws since 1952, though case law has continued to shape some minor substantive and procedural policies. While some changes to the new Patent Laws took effect on the date of enactment, many of them will be ‘phased-in,’ going into effect after the first 12 or 18 months.