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??