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The America Invents Act (AIA) Handbook: A Guide to the Patent Law Reform of 2011: 2015 Edition

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This legal handbook covers the AIA changes to patent marking statutes, new procedural rules for patent litigation, expansion of the prior user rights defense, and much more.

The American Invents Act is the most comprehensive overhaul since 1952, ending the "first-to-invent" system and replacing it with"first-inventor-to file" patent rules. This important and timely handbook explains how the new patent regime works and how the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s recently promulgated regulations and the new law’s myriad effective dates affect your practice.

Topics include:

  • AIA changes to patent marking statutes
  • New procedural rules for patent litigation
  • Expansion of the prior user rights defense
  • Prioritized examination and supplemental examination provisions
  • Prior art submissions to the USPTO
  • New post-grant review proceedings as an alternative to litigation
  • Establishment of new USPTO Offices
  • Programs and Studies Provided for Under the AIA
  • Practice Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board
  • Numerous other statutory and regulatory changes
This product is periodically updated with new editions.
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Division Name LJP
Volumes 0
Product Types Books
Brand LJP
Publication Date October 29, 2015
Jurisdiction National
ISBN 978-1-58852-396-9
Page Count 0
Edition Handbook
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Mary Merchant
Mary Anthony Merchant, J.D., Ph.D. is a partner at Ballard Spahr LLP,
where she leads the biotechnology patent group. She has practiced law for
twenty years, focusing on intellectual property law, including trademark
registration and patent procurement, with an emphasis on the life
sciences. Her practice encompasses the biotechnology, pharmaceuticals,
agricultural sciences, cosmetics, consumer products, nutraceuticals and
medical device fields. Dr. Merchant’s graduate and post-graduate research
involved both mammalian and plant molecular biology, protein biochemistry, immunology,
microbiology and infectious diseases. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology,
cum laude, from Randolph-Macon Women’s College, her Ph.D. from the University of Florida
College of Medicine and her J.D. degree, with honors, from the University of Florida College of
Law. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two corgis.

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