Overview of the New Patent Law of the United States

26 Pages Posted: 16 Oct 2013 Last revised: 1 Jan 2015

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Paul M. Janicke

University of Houston Law Center

Date Written: October 15, 2013


The United States has passed a sweeping new patent law, affecting nearly every aspect of patent practice, including patentability conditions, novelty definitions, and litigation defenses. It also establishes four new post-grant procedures, three for challenging issued patents and one for curing inequitable conduct in the original grant. On the novelty front, the new law moves the United States closer to the first-to-file arrangement seen in European laws. However, it retains a one-year grace period for an inventor who publicly discloses the invention prior to anyone’s filing.

Keywords: public disclosure, effective filing date, bar, instantaneous, worldwide, AIA, best mode

Suggested Citation

Janicke, Paul M., Overview of the New Patent Law of the United States (October 15, 2013). 21 Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal 63 (2013); U of Houston Law Center No. 2013-A-20. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2340624

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