America Invents Act

America Invents Act

The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) became law on September 16, 2011, and represents the most comprehensive overhaul of the United States patent system since the Patent Act was enacted in 1952. AIA includes numerous provisions impacting patent litigation, licensing and enforcement, and the provisions become individually effective over the span of several years.

With attorneys having many decades of patent prosecution, licensing and litigation experience, IPLL is uniquely qualified to provide counsel regarding AIA. We also remain committed to providing clients and site visitors the useful resources and detailed information about the changes to practice and application of patent law. This is particularly the case, as the US Patent and Trademark Office administers prosecution practice and the federal judicial system interprets AIA provisions on this new frontier of patent law.


U.S. Becomes First-to-File for Patents
Post Grant Review
Inter Partes Review
Transitional Program for Covered Business Methods
Inter Partes Review Replaces Inter Partes Reexamination


AIA H.R.1249
Inter Partes Review
Inventor’s Oath or Declaration
Office Patent Trial Practice Guide
Post-Grant Review
Rules of Practice for Trials Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and Review of Board decisions
Supplemental Examination
Transitional Program for Covered Business Method Patents

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