Intellectual Property: A Special Report

The National Law Journal


The America Invents Act shifts the U.S. from a system where a patent is awarded to the first person who comes up with an invention to one where it's awarded to the first person who files a patent application.

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  • John R. Crossan

    The new patent law provides that it is the first inventor to file who is to be awarded the patent -- not just the first to file, such as one who derived the invention from the first inventor. This is an important distinction, different from the first to file rules of many other nations.%0D%0A%0D%0A

  • Joe Jefferis

    What will happen if the US Patent Office never issues a patent for cheap hydrogen from plain water technology?%0A%0A can we quickly commercialize this technology and end our collective addiction to oil?

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