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America Invents Act A Likely Reality

The United States Congress is very close to fundamentally changing patent law in this country. The enactment of the America Invents Act would be the most significant change made to patent law since 1952. If, in the very near future, the Senate approves this piece of legislation, it could be signed into law by President Obama a few days later.

There are many changes in this America Invents Act that will profoundly affect inventors and business. The most talked about change is a first-to-file system for patent applications rather than the first-to-invent system that is currently in place in the US. This change will significantly pressure patent lawyers to prepare applications very quickly.

©2023 MICHAEL BEST & FRIEDRICH LLPNational Law Review, Volume I, Number 250
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Richard Kaiser, Michael Best, patent prosecution lawyer, inter partes review legal counsel,
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Rich has a strong track record in intellectual property law, specializing in all stages of the patenting process for mechanical arts and technologies. He helps clients build patent portfolios, avoid or invalidate competitor patents, and defend against infringement claims.

Through his extensive experience with utility and design patents, Rich has become a trusted, long-term business partner to producers and manufacturers. Rich works closely with clients, providing meaningful guidance on their U.S. and international patent strategies. Clients...

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Billie Jean Smith, Michael Best Law Firm, Intellectual Property Attorney
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Billie works with clients to procure, manage and enforce IP portfolios including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. A seasoned practitioner with a strong track record of successful outcomes, she provides counsel throughout the preparation and implementation of IP strategies. Her purview starts as early as the product’s development and can extend to how it is marketed and positioned in the global marketplace.

With an engineering background and over 20 years’ experience, Billie understands her clients’ product development...

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