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Posts Tagged: "american inventors protection act"

USPTO Issues Final Rule on Patent Term Adjustments Under Supernus

On June 16, the USPTO published a final rule in the Federal Register revising the rules of practice regarding patent term adjustments in light of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s (CAFC) 2019 decision in Supernus Pharmaceuticals v. Iancu, which held that reductions to patent term adjustments must be equal to the time in which the applicant failed to make reasonable efforts to conclude processing or examination of an application.

Invention and Patents: Phyllis Schlafly’s Legacy

In addition to these other areas of policy interest, however, Phyllis Schlafly had a strong and enduring interest in issues relating to invention, patents and other forms of intellectual property (including copyrights).  These intellectual property and innovation issues were very important to her and fundamentally underpinned her views on why America was a great, successful (and unique) country. The importance of the American system of invention and patents was a theme that she returned to again and again over the years.

The Story of Phyllis Schlafly’s Devotion to Patents and Inventors

Phyllis Schlafly was a true friend of and advocate for the American inventor. Mrs. Schlafly’s life-long admiration of inventors was deeply felt and well-founded. Her biographer reports Mrs. Schlafly regarded an inventor to be “the most glorious product of the free-enterprise system.” She had firsthand exposure to an inventor: her father, Bruce Stewart.

Top 5 Post AIA Implementation University Considerations

Considered by many as the most comprehensive revision to the United States patent system in over 50 years, the America Invents Act (“AIA”) represents progressive legislative reform intended to align U.S. patent policy with global precepts, i.e., systems which reward the “first-to-file” a patent application. Many AIA provisions modify or completely change the former first-to-invent (“pre-AIA”) U.S. patent system, with the most immediate and conspicuous AIA component?the establishment of a filing-based regime as of March 16, 2013?serving as the hallmark and mark of U.S. patent reform.

Nonetheless, having only enjoyed 3-months of the AIA in its entirety, it is still too early to appreciate the de facto impact of this nascent legislation. The AIA has nevertheless ushered in transitional strictures that have uniquely placed research institutions in an ostensible patent?policy “reformation” with respect to technology evaluation and knowledge translation. While the pervasive nature of this new patent regime imparts an array of university-based concerns, the following Top 5 considerations are intended to reengage university professionals and employees with patent reform concepts and concerns during the initial “aftermath” of the AIA.

Invention Promoters and the American Inventors Protection Act

Invention promotion firms, sometimes referred to as invention promotion companies, have been widely criticized in numerous circles, including political circles in Washington, DC, for many years.  The American Inventors Protection Act (AIPA) was enacted into law in 1999 and by its very name sought to address head on the problems faced by so many inventors.  In truth, the title of…