Much of the AIA is now in effect. However, the most controversial changes in patent law won’t come into play until March 16, 2013. These include the critically acclaimed
- First inventor to File
- One year personal grace period
- Expanded definition of prior art
Now is the time to look at your patents and determine if upcoming filings will benefit from the more limited definition of prior art under the “old” laws. If so, start preparing the applications now to beat the rush as the deadline nears.
Need a refresher on the differences between what will be considered prior art under the “old” and “new” laws? Here is a summary chart comparing what will be considered as prior art before and after March 16, 2013: