Monday, 24 June 2013 21:16


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Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1249, commonly known as the America Invents Act, which seeks to reform the U.S. patent system.  The bill recieved bipartisan support, with over 70% of the House voting in favor.  Notable provisions of this bill include:

  1. moving from a "first-to-invent" system to a "first-to-file" system
  2. prior user rights
  3. fees collected by the US Patent & Trademark Office will be allocated by an Appropriations committee

H.R. 1249 is similar to a companion bill previously passed by the Senate (S. 23), although it does provide some differences.  It will now be sent to the Senate for approval or further amending before going to the President.

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Jessica Hauth

Ms. Hauth earned her bachelor's degree in Chemistry and her master's degree in Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology from Emory University, and her law degree from the University of Miami School of Law. She has published her research in the areas of developmental biology, genetics, heterochromatin assembly and maintenance, and RNAi use and characterization. She is a member of the American Chemical Society, American Intellectual Property Law Association, Dade County Bar Association, and Phi Alpha Delta. She is admitted to practice law in Florida state courts, as well as in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. As a Registered Patent Attorney, she concentrates her practice on Patent Prosecution and Intellectual Property Litigation.