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Local inventors brace for change in patent law

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For the first time since the Constitution gave American inventors the exclusive right to their patented ideas, that right will no longer be granted to the person who has the idea first, but rather the person who can get to the patent office first. The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act takes effect today, 18 months after the president signed it into law. At its essence, it changes patenting from a first-to-invent to a first-to-file system. The ...


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