Tag Archives: Shielding Disclosure

Why The Grace Period Restoration Act Is A Bad Idea

Representatives Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Conyers (D-MI) have introduced the “Grace Period Restoration Act of 2015″ (H.R. 1791) to “correct the drafting problem in the Leahy-Smith American Invents Act relating to the grace period,” and “maintain the position of leadership of the United States in educational, technological, and scientific programs.” After giving some thought to the … Continue reading this entry

First To File Practice: An Alternative Interpretation Of The Grace Period Shielding Disclosure Exception

I was honored to participate in the USPTO’s First-Inventor-To-File Roundtable yesterday (September 6, 2012). One issue raised by several speakers was the USPTO’s proposed requirements for invoking what I refer to as the “grace period shielding disclosure” exception to prior art under the first-to-file provisions of the America Invents Act (“AIA”). In a previous article I highlighted the … Continue reading this entry

First To File Practice: Grace Period Shielding Disclosures

This is the third article in my First-To-File Friday series. On each Friday in August, I am publishing an article that takes an in-depth look at one of the prior art exceptions of the first-to-file version of 35 USC § 102 which will apply to certain patent applications filed on or after March 16, 2013. … Continue reading this entry