USPTO Publishes Final Rules and Guidelines Governing First-Inventor-to-File | | Patents & Patent Law. Pursuant to the AIA, the USPTO published thee final rules of practice implementing the first-inventor-to-file provisions, which become effective March 16, 2013. Other AIA related rules were published today as well, including, as ipwatchdog reports, “the agency’s interpretation of how the first-inventor-to-file provision alters novelty and obviousness determinations for an invention claimed in a patent application.”

Important Changes To U.S. Patent Law: First-To-File | Pierce Atwood LLP – JDSupra. Some good guidance on the implications of the change from First-to-invent, to first-to-file.

AIA’s March 16th Deadline Approaches «. With AIA’s first-t0-file provisions going into effect on March 16th, PTO expects a flood of new patent applications.

University Tech Licensing Has Substantial Impact on Economy | | Patents & Patent Law. The Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), a nonprofit association of academic technology transfer professionals, has publishes an annual survey of North American universities, hospitals and research institutions looking at a number of data points that reveal licensing activity. The information gathered includes the number of patents, the number of invention disclosures, the number of startups created and the amount of licensing income received.  AUTM U.S. Licensing Activity Survey: FY2011, and the AUTM Canadian Licensing Activity Survey: FY2011, published Dec. 10. This is a good opportunity to mention the invaluable role of AUTM. Check out their website and note their educational webcasts – several good for the IP basics and much more.

AUTM | Bayh-Dole Act

October 16, 2012

AUTM provides an excellent description of the Bayh-Dole Act.The page also provides links to detailed discussions of the law and updates regularly to provide links to the latest publications discussing the law, as well as the legislative history and any reports to Congress.