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PATENT REFORM: A LEGISLATIVE HISTORY OF THE LEAHY-SMITH AMERICA INVENTS ACT

Manz, William H.


Item #: 72312
Published: Getzville; William S. Hein & Co., Inc.; 2012.

Subjects: INTELLECTUAL & INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY, LEGISLATIVE HISTORY

The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (also known as thePatent Reform Act of 2011) makes the most significantchanges to U.S. patent law since 1952. Changes include theswitch in priority from "first to invent" to "first tofile", modifications to the definition of "prior art", andthe revamping of opposition procedures. Supporters of theAct claim that it will create jobs, promote new inventionsand innovations, and streamline the backlogged patentprocess. Opponents argue that the Act contains no realreforms, but instead only benefits big corporations and thepatent office itself, which gained a bigger budget andincreased autonomy. This compilation includes the text ofthe Act, all bill revisions and mark-ups, related bills,relevant reports and hearings, presidential remarks, House

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