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Videos from the USPTO

Below are videos from the United States Patent and Trademark Office about the recent patent law, Leahy-Smith America Invents Act or more commonly referred to as the First-Inventor-to-File. 

Visit the USTPO site for more information about Leahy-Smith America Invents Act.

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On March 16, a major change occurs in U.S. patent law. The United States will move from a first-to-invent patent system to one that issues patents to the first inventor to file.



This is the second video in a series of four that cover the change in patent law to first-inventor-to-file. Here you will find a brief discussion of the exceptions to prior art as described in the first video.



This is the third video in a series of four that cover the change in patent law to first-inventor-to-file. Here you will find a further discussion of what constitutes prior art under the new law.



This is the fourth video in a series of four that cover the change in patent law to first-inventor-to-file. Here you will find a brief discussion of the exceptions to prior art as described in the third video