Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Stanford Professor Mark Lemley's Things You Should Care About in the New Patent Statute

I had the pleasure of speaking with Professor Mark Lemley at the Advanced Patent Law Institute, Palo Alto on December 8-9, 2011. 

Professor Lemley has authored and co-authored many papers with penetrating insights into the US patent system. He may be even the most prolific patent scholar of our time given he ranks third in total downloads among all law professors. He mostly writes about intellectual property and patent law, presumably niche topics with a small audience, so this is quite a feat. 

I commented we have been around this for years, but it must be difficult for people getting into US patent law now given all these changes. He replied you can imagine the challenge I have teaching two bodies of US patent law (past law and the America Invents Act law (AIA)) to my class at Stanford. 

How do we address the changes and complexity in US patent law today? An important part of understanding the AIA is identifying the effective dates. To help you avoid being buried in all the details, I point to Professor Lemley's Things You Should Care About in the New Patent Statute which outlines twenty significant AIA changes by their effective dates.  

If you are interested here's a link to Professor Lemley's other papers

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