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A Witness to Patent-Law History: Prof. Colleen Chien to Attend White House Law Signing

Thursday, Sep. 15, 2011

Prof. Colleen Chien, a published author, scholar, and expert on U.S. and international patent law, has been invited to attend President Obama’s signing of the long-awaited patent-reform law Friday, Sept.  16 in Alexandria, Va.

The new law, the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, makes incremental progress in reforming the complex and unwieldy patent-law system – though most observers including Prof. Chien say it is not as comprehensive as it could have been.

The biggest change in the law is to move the U.S. from a system that awards patents to the “first to invent” a product to one which awards patents primarily to the “first to file”  -- the way patents work internationally.  The law also curtails a bit the ability of companies that try to sue for outdated or incorrect patent number markings, and found some new ways to handle patent disputes.

Prof. Chien will attend the signing at a school in Alexandria, and then join other invited guests at a reception at the White House.

Sept. 15, 2011

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