The Leahy-Smith American Invents Act (AIA), which became law last fall, presents the most significant changes to patent law in more than 50 years. The AIA was enacted with the goals of harmonization with international laws, addressing patent quality concerns, and reducing litigation expenses. Many provisions of the AIA are already in place and implemented in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and on September 16, 2012, additional provisions will become effective. The key provisions that will become effective include the following:
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