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Konstantin Linnik quoted in “Spike in patent applications expected before March 15 deadline” in the Boston Business Journal

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03.05.2013

Konstantin Linnik, a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property and Life Sciences practice groups, was quoted in “Spike in patent applications expected before March 15 deadline” in the Boston Business Journal on March 5. The article discusses the flurry of activity expected by local patent attorneys in the days leading up to March 15 – the deadline for inventors to submit new patent applications before the new rules of the America Invents Act (AIA) take full effect on March 16.

Konstantin notes that the new rules will make it harder for inventors who publish information on their inventions prior to filing – especially university faculty and others with an interest in conducting open research. Currently, an inventor is allowed a one year grace period to publish details of an invention before filing without it being potentially used to invalidate its own patent. With the new rules, publications by the inventor will still be exempt for the one year grace period, but third party publications after such a publication will not be covered. Konstantin said that while he agrees that the current rules are more favorable to patent holders than the new rules, the system as a whole will work much the same on March 16 as it did on March 15. “In most cases – I would say, nine out of ten – people will live under the new system the same as they did under the old one,” he said.

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