Managing Director, D.E. Shaw and Co., L.P.
Head of global research and development at Life Technologies
Founder and CEO, Acme Packet
Chair, Department of Chemical Physiology, The Scripps Research Institute; Co-director, Center for Physiological Proteomics, The Scripps Research Institute
The most fundamental change implemented by the America Invents Act enacted earlier this year is the transition from a “first to invent” system for awarding patents to a “first inventor to file” system. This change, effective 18 months after enactment, awards priority to the first inventor to file a patent application and eliminates the ability of a patentee to antedate prior art references by establishing an earlier invention date. The new system therefore creates an incentive to file patent applications as quickly as possible. Register online here.