An Old Trap in the New 'First-to-File' Era

, New Jersey Law Journal


On March 16, the U.S. patent system will change from a "first-to-invent" to a "first-to-file" system under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). This will trigger a race to the USPTO with every new idea and invention. The new norm for inventors will be to file early and file often. Along with this new norm, will come many traps, new and old, for the unwary.

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