America Invents Act Promotes Innovation Nationwide

March 27, 2012 — 1,099 views  

President Obama approved the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act on September 16, 2011, to improve the national patent system. Understanding the regulation and its implications can help you find ways to protect new technology that could play an instrumental role in the global marketplace.

The 2011 reform was designed to promote job creation in difficult economic times. High unemployment rates, rising fuel costs and other factors have impacted Americans in many ways, limiting their ability to enhance their careers. The America Invents Act established a first-inventor-to-file standard for patent approval, allowing you to receive a quick U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) application response.

For example, a person may attempt to follow the example set by Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg, launching a website that offers a unique service to people worldwide. However, the prior patent system had not been updated in roughly 60 years, and failed to address new technology before 2011. Thankfully, the America Invents Act protects innovators' ideas, allowing them to submit applications to the PTO through an efficient process.

PTO officials will review an application and issue an immediate response, ensuring patent certainty. Innovators can submit their application knowing they can avoid excessive litigation.