Around the Web: Talk About the America Invents Act

On September 8, 2011, the US Senate passed the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“the America Invents Act”) by a vote of 89-9 (which was signed by President Obama on September 16).  A lot has been said about the Act and its implications.  Let’s take a look:

  • President Obama calls the Act “much-needed reform [that] will speed up the patent process so that innovators and entrepreneurs can turn a new invention into a business as quickly as possible.”  Read the press release from the White House here.  Do you agree? 
  • The jobs debate: Proponents of the Act say that it will create 200,000 jobs.  Will it
  • What’s happening when: Some provisions will take months to go into effect, while others are immediate.  IPWatchdog’s Gene Quinn examines how the rush to avoid increased fees will hurt the USPTO.
  • University focus: Technology Transfer Tactics offers tips for TTOs in light of the Act’s provisions. 
  • The good, the bad and the ugly: PCWorld examines the pros and the cons of the Act’s provisions, arguing that there seem to be more cons than pros. 
  • Patently-O discusses the impact on international harmonization

What are your thoughts on the Act?  Feel free to share them in the comments section below.


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