August 27, 2013

Patent law experts: I have a question for you. The new patent law (35 U.S.C. 102(b(1)(A)) says that “it’s o.k.” if the inventor disclosed his invention less than a year before the effective filing date of his patent application. No problem! However, then the new law says that it’s “also o.k.” if somebody else disclosed it less than a year before the effective filing date of his patent application, as long as the inventor had already publically disclosed it. Isn’t that somewhat redundant??

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For almost 30 years, as a lawyer, Tim Headley has been helping clients protect their intellectual property, according to the laws of patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets, not only in the United States, but in various countries around the world. Before that, he worked as an electrical engineer. Before that, he taught theology, in Spanish, to adult students, in the evenings, in a school in La Paz, Bolivia. You can contact him at tim@headleyiplaw.com, or his office phone, 713-467-8500, or his cell phone, 713-398-1045. His website is www.headleyiplaw.com.
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