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On March 16, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is changing the patent system; switching from a first-to-invent to a first-to-file standard. The change intends to simplify the process and to bring the U.S. in line with global standards.
According to Mainebiz, “has some Maine companies and inventors scrambling to file under the current system, which patent law authorities in the state say is a more forgiving process.” To learn more about the upcoming changes and how Mainer’s are reacting, read this article from Mainebiz.
In other breaking patent news, if you are interested in how long a patent lasts, the USPTO has recently introduced a downloadable patent term calculator (beta version) as a resource to help the public estimate the expiration date of a patent.
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