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Mass High Tech quotes Konstantin Linnik in “Patent changes expected to have widespread effects”

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08.13.2012

Konstantin Linnik, a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property and Life Sciences practice groups, was quoted by Mass High Tech in “Patent changes expected to have widespread effects” on August 13. The article discusses upcoming changes by the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office (USPTO) to the standard under which patents are granted and the addition of a new process for invalidating patents.

The USPTO recently published a list of rules related to the patent system overhaul in relation to the America Invents Act (AIA) which was passed last year. Beginning next March, the bill establishes a first-inventor-to-file system of granting patents, which replaces the old system that gives the patent to the individual who can document having invented it earlier.

Konstantin notes the biggest change will be the greater importance of filing soon after documenting an invention no matter what field. “In general - the very big picture - in the past, you could rely on the date of invention. Now, that option, after March 16, won’t be available,” said Linnik. “You’ll have to be a lot more aware, under the new system, of what intellectual property you have, and what your competitors have. It’s not going to be as lax as before.”

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