Information on PATENTS

The "America Invents Act" of 2011

On September 8, 2011, the Senate passed the "Leahy-Smith America Invents Act" - also known as "Patent Reform". This law made many changes to patent law, including a switch to "First Inventor to File" - for details, see our page on the America Invents Act

Patent Basics

The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)

The PCT allows you to delay your time to file in many (if not most) foreign countries.  We have a collection of pages explaining the PCT: 

For Inventors... 

Just for Fun

Patent Links

Last updated: Tue, 16 Feb 2021