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Patents and Strategic Inventing: The Corporate Inventor’s Guide to Creating Sustainable Competitive Advantage by Nicholas Nissing

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CHAPTER 8THE IMPACT OF THE 2011 AMERICA INVENTS ACT

The legislation known as the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) was signed into law on September 16, 2011 and has some key implications for corporate inventors. Patent reform of one kind or another has been in the legislative arena for several years, and it has been fiercely debated given the complex nature of the subject matter and the importance of patents to many industries. Some companies prefer stronger rights (usually those in long-product-cycle industries such as pharmaceuticals and biotechnology), while others prefer weaker rights (particularly those with fast productcycle times, such as software and information technology). Furthermore, there is an interest in harmonizing U.S. law ...

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