The ability of a technoloy company to quickly identify and protect patentable inventions has never been more important to its commercial success.
On March 16, the U.S. fundamentally changed its patent laws, ending its reign as the only country in the world to operate under a “ rst to invent” patent system. Previously, a dispute between two inventors trying to patent the same invention was settled through a complex procedure to determine who invented first.
Under the new law, the patent is awarded to the first inventor to le. More so than ever, any delay in ling a patent application will increase the likelihood that a later inventor will be awarded a patent on “your” invention. Below are tips to expedite the identi cation and protection of patentable inventions and avoid any forfeiture of rights.