- American Inventors Protection Act
The American Inventors Protection Act (AIPA) is a
United States federal lawenacted on November 29, 1999as 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 [ [http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/dcom/olia/aipa/index.htm 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, [http://www.uspto.gov/go/com/iip/complaints.htm "Patents > Inventors Resources > Complaints"] ] for Invention promotion firms
Large corporations generally supported the bill.
Independent inventors generally opposed the bill. [ [http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fsb/fsb_archive/2000/04/01/277559/index.htm 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] ]
Patent Reform Act of 2005
* [http://ipjournal.law.wfu.edu/Ergenzinger.php The American Inventor’s Protection Act: A Legislative History,
Wake Forest Intellectual Property Law Journal]
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