Tipping Point for The America Invents Act and Patent Reform

From CPA Global comes this article on the paradigm shift in US patent system which just took effect, bringing fundamental change to the filing process as well as the fee structure.

Four Reforms Needed For The Ways Patent Reform Will Change How You Innovate


In order to gain patent protection for their inventions, almost every US based innovation, R&D and new product development organization will be forced to adapt to the Patent Reform Act’s dramatic changes.

Open Innovation and Patent Reform, Big Changes are Coming


Open Innovation is already under scrutiny due to the performance of P&G (Procter and Gamble) showing that open innovation may be a failed experiment.  Two articles (from BusinessWeek.com and Bloomberg.com) have investigated how P&G, at one time the innovation leader, has lost it’s lead against companies that use traditional innovation methodologies (such as internal R&D […]

Design Patents: New Law Boosts Rights in Shapes and Designs

From GigaOm come this article about another change to patent law, one providing greater protection to holders of design patents. One of Apple’s key weapons in its legal battle against competitors is a special type of patent that protects the visual appearance of a product. Critics have denounced these patents as a way to own […]

The top 5 things companies should know about the America Invents Act

From VentureBeat.com comes this article on the “The top 5 things companies should know about the America Invents Act”.

The Fundamentals of Patent Reform for Innovators

On March 16, 2013 the most significant change to patent law will come into full effect.  The Lahey-Smith America Invents Act, signed into law in 2011, represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952.  The act, commonly referred to as Patent Reform, includes two changes that will have a significant effect […]

More of your Patents May be Invalidated Due to the America Invents Act

The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, passed in 2011, is the cause of a recent increase in Apple-patent invalidations by the United States Patent & Trademark Office. This week, Apple’s “pinch to zoom” patent — viewed as a key property in its patent-infringement lawsuit against Samsung— was invalidated by the USPTO, which cited prior art. The […]

Patent Reform Survey

Survey – How Prepared are You for Patent Reform in 2013?

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How prepared is your company for Patent Reform in 2013?  The America Invents Act of 2011 come into full effect in March of this year.  RDinsights has been talking with innovation leaders to understand how their companies are preparing for this significant change to the law. Has your company followed best practices to prepare for […]

St. Louis Fed Calls for an End to the Patent System

An interesting research report from the research arm of the St. Louis Fed explores the relationship between patents and economic growth.  It’s controversial recommendations include an end to the patent system.