U.S. first-to-file patent rules took effect Saturday

03/15/2013 | Medical Device & Diagnostic Industry online

The U.S. is set to enforce new first-to-file rules under the America Invents Act that went into effect Saturday. The new rules represent major changes to the nation's patent system, including increasing the amount of foreign prior art upon which claims of patent applications submitted by medical device firms after March 16 can be rejected by an examiner.

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