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

Anticipating First-to-File: What to do to Prepare for the U.S. Patent System’s First-to-File Change
Thursday, February 14, 2013

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

Navigating the America Invents Act: New Post-Issuance Proceedings and Their Impact on Patent Litigation
Wednesday, May 9, 2012

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
4610 X Street
135 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019

SARTA: Navigating the Brave New Patent World
January 18, 2012 
Drexel University
One Capitol Mall
Suite 260
Sacramento, CA 95814

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





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