The landmark Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) signed into law on September 16, 2011 brings a number of important changes to U.S. patent law, including a shift to a first-to-file system and a significant expansion of the options available for challenging a patent after it has been granted.
Morrison & Foerster has created the Patent Reform Resource Center to serve as an up-to-date resource on key developments and practical advice for dealing with the complex changes of the AIA. Our size and experience working with some of the leading technology companies in the world make us uniquely qualified to advise on the AIA’s implications. We have one of the largest full practice IP groups of any general practice firm with more than 300 attorneys, agents, and technical specialists, including over 80 with electrical engineering or computer science degrees, 21 with doctoral degrees, and 45 with chemistry degrees.
We are pioneers in teaming litigation attorneys with patent prosecutors to handle interference and reexamination proceedings, and are well positioned to help guide patent litigants in changes that may transform the venue for patent validity challenges from district courts to the PTO.
Events and Speaking Engagements
Patent Practitioners Beware the AIA – What You Need to Know to be Ready for the Switch to First-Inventor-to-File Wednesday, March 6, 2013 Webinar
Anticipating First-to-File: What to do to Prepare for the U.S. Patent System’s First-to-File Change Thursday, February 14, 2013 Webinar
America Invents Act – Challenges and Opportunities Saturday, November 3, 2012 Institute of Americas, UCSD 10111 North Torrey Pines Road La Jolla, CA 92037
WMACCA Technology and IP Forum Wednesday, October 24, 2012 Morrison & Foerster LLP 1650 Tysons Blvd, Suite 400 McLean, VA 22102
PLI’s Patent Litigation 2012 Friday, September 28, 2012 PLI California Center 685 Market Street, Suite 100 San Francisco, CA 94105
Navigating the America Invents Act: Preparing for the New Post-Grant Era Wednesday, August 29, 2012 Webinar
Navigating the America Invents Act: New Post-Issuance Proceedings and Their Impact on Patent Litigation Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Webinar
SARTA: Navigating the Brave New Patent World January 18, 2012 Drexel University One Capitol Mall Suite 260 Sacramento, CA 95814
ACI's Comprehensive Guide to Patent Reform for Life Sciences Companies January 31 - February 1, 2012 Flatotel 4610 X Street 135 West 52nd Street New York, NY 10019
2011 Institute for Corporate Counsel December 7, 2011 Private Club 545 South Figueroa Street Los Angeles, CA 90071
UC Davis Medical Center - Partnerships for Innovations Forum November 30, 2011 UC Davis Medical Center Education Building 4610 X Street Sacramento, CA 95817
"Anticipating First-to-File: What to do to Prepare for the U.S. Patent System's First-to-File Change" February 2013
"Navigating the America Invents Act: Preparing for the New Post-Grant Era" August 2012
"Legal Strategies for Navigating the Brave New World" October 2011
"Patent Reform: Prepare for the New Post-Grant System" September 2011
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