Federal Circuit affirms "first to invent" doctrine

07/9/2010 | National Law Journal (free registration), The

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled in favor of America's "first to invent" doctrine, which awards intellectual property rights to the first party to actually invent a given innovation, rather than the first to file a patent. The ruling gives added weight to the Patent and Trademark Office's provisional filing system, which lets inventors record their inventions without filing a full, formal patent application.

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