n Without Prejudice - America (re-) invents Patent Law : intellectual property

Volume 12, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1681-178X



South African patent practitioners and patent applicants alike will appreciate the fact that the US patent system has some peculiarities in respect of patent systems compared with most other countries. The recently enacted Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (the AIA), however, heralds a significant change in the patent system of the United States, bringing it into closer alignment with more common international practices in patent law. The AIA was signed into law by US Pres. Barack Obama on September 16 last year and most of its provisions will come into force during 2012.

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