Patent Reform Bill Now a Law
Sep 27, 2011
On September 15 the U.S. President signed into law the American Invents Act (H.R. 1249, introduced last March). This law is intended to reform the nation’s patent system from “first-to-invent” to “first-to-file”, bringing the U.S. into line with the standard used by most countries. The nation’s system hadn’t been revised in over 50 years. It is interesting to note that the EU is also looking at reforming its patent system and establish a sole system, in English. A study published in February 2011 entitled “The UE patent system: to be or not to be?” carried out by researchers at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) analysed the barriers and suggested measures to improve the system.