Past Webinars

  • November 21, 2013
Patent Law Primer Post-AIA: Do We Still Need to Keep Lab Notebooks?

Please join Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP for a complimentary webinar, “Patent Law Primer Post-AIA: Do We Still Need to Keep Lab Notebooks?" presented by Paul B. Henkelmann. The webinar will take place on Thursday, November 21, 2013, at 9:00 am PST / 10:00 am MST / 11:00 am CST / 12:00 noon EST.

The America Invents Act (“AIA”), the most significant reform to U.S. patent law in decades, is now in full effect. While many fundamentals of patent law remain intact, the AIA instituted numerous changes to the law of patentability and patent enforceability that have important practical implications for businesses, inventors, patent applicants, patent owners, and patent practitioners.

One significant change to patent priority law is the determination of who has the right to receive a patent; under the AIA, the U.S. patent system changed from a “first-to-invent” system to a “first-to-file” system. As a result, a patent applicant can no longer “swear behind” a prior art reference by showing that the applicant invented the subject matter of an invention first. Does this mean that keeping lab notebooks or other proof of inventive activities is no longer necessary? 

During this webinar, we will cover these topics and more:

  • Protection provided by patents
  • Reasons for acquiring patent protection
  • Requirements for receiving a patent
  • An overview of the AIA
  • Practical implications of the AIA
  • Best practices for patent applicants going forward

Our speaker will be Fitch Even attorney Paul B. Henkelmann. Paul focuses his practice on patent litigation, patent procurement, and intellectual property counseling. He has substantial experience in both asserting and defending against patent infringement claims in the federal courts, while remaining active in procuring and managing international IP portfolios. Paul has worked with a broad range of mechanical and electrical technologies, ranging from complex automotive technology to sporting goods.

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