There have been some very significant changes to the patent law in the U.S. These changes are not going to be good for startup and smaller established companies. You need to know what your options are. Join us for a very important BIZ Luncheon on February 15.
“The changes in legislation significantly impact start-ups,” advises Intellectual Property (IP) attorney Emily Harris of the Davis Brown Law Firm. “It is the most sweeping change to patent law that has taken place in the last 150 years,” says Harris, speaking of the Leahy-Smith American Invention Act signed into law September 16, 2011. “The goal was to stimulate innovation,” she says. But Harris fears the results will be quite different for small businesses. Noting that the old system was a “first to invent” system, Harris explains that the changes will result in the U.S. Patent Office now operating under a “first to file” system.
Noting that the most common mistake she sees among start-ups, as it relates to IP issues, is thinking that they can wait, Harris is concerned that the Leahy-Smith legislation will serve to exacerbate the difficulties faced by a startup that has failed to get its legal ducks in a row prior to launch. “If you don’t deal with it up front,” she warns, “you can get that cease and desist letter. I’ll talk about strategies for dealing with the patent law and what you can do to prepare for the pending legislation, as well as how to make your objections heard before it becomes law.”
$15 admission fee (includes lunch)
11: 30 a.m.
February 15, 2012
The Greater Des Moines Partnership
700 Locust St., Suite 100 (map it)
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