Business Viewpoint: Patent law changes remain controversial

Tulsa World
By Margaret Millikin
Oct. 20, 2011

The new America Invents Act affects U.S. patent laws more extensively than any other in the past 60 years.

The most controversial provision of the act — passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama on Sept. 16 — significantly models the U.S. patent system after Europe’s by awarding patents to the first inventor to file an application rather than to the first person to invent the technology.


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