American Inventors Protection Act

American Inventors Protection Act

The American Inventors Protection Act (AIPA) is a United States federal law enacted on November 29, 1999 as Public Law 106-113. In 2002, the Intellectual Property and High Technology Technical Amendments Act of 2002, Public Law 107-273, amended AIPA.

AIPA contains significant changes to American Patent Law. AIPA added [ [ American Inventor's Protection Act of 1999] ]
* An "earlier invention" defense for business method patents - 35 U.S.C. §273;
* Publication of US patent applications for foreign published applications - 35 U.S.C. §122;
* Patent term restoration for delays caused by the Patent and Trademark Office - 35 U.S.C. §154; and
* The Request for Continued Examination (RCE) patent prosecution procedure.
* Disclosure requirements [ United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) web site, [ "Patents > Inventors Resources > Complaints"] ] for Invention promotion firms

Political considerations

Large corporations generally supported the bill. Independent inventors generally opposed the bill. [ [ Edward Robinson "They Saved Small Business When corporate America tried to seize the patent system from independent inventors, this Boston couple came to the rescue.", Fortune Small Business Magazine, April 1, 2000] ]

See also

*Patent Reform Act of 2005
* [ The American Inventor’s Protection Act: A Legislative History, Wake Forest Intellectual Property Law Journal]


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