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Leahy-Smith America Invents Act

America Invents Act

Message from Director David Kappos

On September 16, 2011, President Barack Obama signed into law the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, which will foster innovation and spur job creation in the United States. This Act sets into motion the most comprehensive overhaul to our nation's patent system since 1836.

The new law will afford more certainty for patent applicants and owners, and provide the USPTO the resources needed to operate efficiently and issue high-quality patents. Implementation of the new law will occur over a period of months, and our USPTO team will seek input and provide updates all along the way. I strongly encourage you to use this site to regularly track progress pertaining to the agency’s implementation efforts.

All of us at USPTO look forward to working together with the innovation community to tackle the exciting challenges of rolling-out this historic law. Here are a few documents to get started:
For more information, visit: Leahy-Smith America Invents Act Implementation


NPR reporter Laura Sydell and This American Life producer/Planet Moneyco-host Alex Blumberg tell the story of Intellectual Ventures, which is accused of being the largest of the patent trolls. Executives at Intellectual Ventures insist they are not trolls, but rather, promoters of innovation. They buy patents from struggling inventors, which encourages those inventors to go out and invent more stuff. Intellectual Ventures offers an example of such an inventor, a man named Chris Crawford. But when Laura and Alex try and talk to Chris Crawford, it leads them on a long search, culminating in a small town in Texas, where they find a hallway full of seemingly empty offices with no employees. (25 minutes) business economics Alex Blumberg Planet Money Laura Sydell


The dramatic conclusion to Laura and Alex's search for information about Intellectual Ventures, and the inventor they claimed they were helping, Chris Crawford. The story turns out to be different than the one Intellectual Ventures originally told. (22 minutes)business economics Alex Blumberg Planet Money Laura Sydell SONG: "NO IDEA'S ORIGINAL", NAS


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IP Watch Dog is an Internet magazine (or blog if you prefer) focusing on the business, policy and substance of patents and other forms of intellectual property, such as copyrights and trademarks. Unlike many blogs, we strive to provide information and detailed analysis with magazine length articles and op-ed pieces. Today IPWatchdog is recognized as one of the leading sources for news and information in the patent and innovation industries. The founder of is Gene Quinn , a patent attorney, law professor and a leading commentator on patent law and innovation policy. Gene practices patent law with Zies, Widerman & Malek, and and the majority of his patent practice is focused on software patents, business methods and Internet innovations. Since 2000 he has also been a principle lecturer in the PLI Patent Bar Review Course.

Gene launched in October of 1999, and since that time the site has been a trusted resource on intellectual property for many millions of unique visitors who have come for information and news. Gene has been quoted in n the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the LA Times, Popular Mechanics, CNN Money, USA Today, the ABA Journal, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Oklahoman, Patent World and various other newspapers and magazines worldwide. He speaks regularly at conferences and events.

Renee Quinn has the title of Chief Operating Officer, which means she does just about everything necessary to keep the business running smoothly. She is primarily in charge of advertising, she writes articles occasionally, she is in charge of accounts and bookkeeping and more. In some circles Renee is known as the Social Media Diva™, and has given presentations on various social media topics at conferences hosted by the Association of Intellectual Property Firms (AIPF) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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