Following up on our recent client alert, President Obama signed the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act today, September 16, 2011.
In addition to the changes summarized below, the Act will cause an almost immediate increase in Patent Office Fees. The Act imposes an increase of 15% in most patent fees starting 10 days after enactment. Because the President signed the Act today, the 15% fee increase in fees will take effect on Monday September 26, 2011. Therefore, fees paid by Friday, September 23rd will avoid this fee increase. Accordingly, if you have Patent Office Fees due in the next few weeks or months, you may wish to consider paying these fees by September 23rd to avoid the 15% increase.
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