An inventor’s point of view: Schwartz unwinds and simplifies the understanding of AIA and what to do about it.
David C. Schwartz VP Intellectual Property, Eservgo/ Author IP-BC
FIRST, let's look at the key Dates when AIA provisions were enforced:
Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA)/Patent Reform Act of 2011
Sept 16, 2012
Inter Partes Review(IPR) replaces Inter Partes Re-examination(PRE)
Post Grant Review (PGR) go into effect for patents filed after March 16, 2013
March 16, 2013
First-To-File (F-T-T) goes into effect
Ostensibly, the purpose of AIA was to modernize America’s patent laws, and mostly harmonize US patent law with the rest of the world. Specifically, it orders the shift from our long standing First-To-Inent (F-T-I) system to an F-T-F system...
Why does the current lawsuit by Intel, Apple Cisco and Google to enable the use of IPR during a pre-trial licensing hearing, or during the trial itself put even greater pressure on potential patent holders and licensors?
Look, "TROLLS" are frowned on as caustically as blackmailers...agents that aggregate patents with published claims which are allegedly being practiced by companies with "deep pockets" for royalty fees...while not making anything themselves. They are seen as an undesirable impediment to commercialization of worthwhile innovation.
By way of background, IPR was structured to allow "forced licensees" of questionably issued patents to ask for a panel review AFTER a patent was published. The question of validity BEFORE a patent published, used to only be possible as an "interference", petitioned for externally or initiated internally. Other much more expensive procedures were available to opposers of published patents, but they were much more difficult to mount....
Wrong :) You know that they still matter since your invention notebook is your iterative innovation tool. Yes, at one time, when we were First-To-Invent (FTI), it's role documenting your initial conception, played a more critical role in establishing patent priority and monopoly rights. Even with the new AIA First-To-File (FTF), date of conception can still play a role in certain circumstances, especially during infringement battles that might result in an injunction or the payment of forced royalties. But that's not my point here. The importance of Schwartz's Big-Bang-Theory of IP Capitalization and the factoring of The Schwartz Method (TSM) into Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) has a more fundamental role.
Achieving FTF on a true Preferred-Embodiment (P-E) is a matter of integrating patent preparation into every nook and cranny of the product development road map. The days when the luxury of filing unfocused provisionals and drafting the patent on the P-E as an...
BBT shares a set of events that lock-step toward the blessed Notice of Allowance for a patent on one of your chosen inventions. It is the primary theme of IP-BC and is used to establish all the course lessons and tools you can put to best practice use.
The sequence of events you will engage in to file an airtight patent application, de-risked from FOARs will take a natural course IF YOU STAY FOCUSED on identifying and prototyping the P-E, along with drafting layman claims for the object of enablement that quiesces to BEST MODE with the minimum number of "elements".
So while that's going on in R&D and Product Marketing, on the other side of T=0 (MARKET ENTRY), Business Development/Sales is making moves to establish the commercial value of what you have been in the process of protecting.
MISCONCEPTION: we must wait till the patent issues before selling it in the marketplace.
In this first-to-file world, and with the acceleration of innovation, the iterative nature of...