U.S. Patent Reform and Photonics Companies

Joseph Gortych

A new law represents the most significant patent reform that the United States has seen in over 50 years. Joseph Gortych explains what optical entrepreneurs need to know about the America Invents Act.



As those familiar with the patent process know, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Organization (USPTO) has until recently employed a “first-to-invent” system. That means that different inventors who filed patent applications on the same invention at different times could find themselves embroiled in an “interference proceeding” to determine who was first to invent and thus entitled to the patent.

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