The America Invents Act of 2011 has been approved by the U.S. Senate and was signed into law on September 16. The Act dramatically changes current U.S. patent law and will likely affect patent portfolio planning and strategy as well as patent disputes and litigation, in both the near and far term.
Some of the patent law changes will be implemented immediately upon signing by the President, while other changes will be implemented over the next 18 months. How and when these changes will affect current and future patent rights are highlighted below.
Within 10 Days of Enactment
Within 12 or 18 Months of Enactment
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