Bob Dylan once sang of the changin’ times. He’d make a perfect spokesman for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Janet Gongola, patent reform coordinator for the USPTO, was in Little Rock this week to address changes associated with the bipartisan America Invents Act signed into law last year by President Obama. And the laws, well, they are’a changin’.
Gongola’s overview at the Arkansas State Library was part of a two-day patent workshop presented by the library and the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at UALR.
Perhaps the most prominent change to U.S. patent law — the first overhaul of the patent system in more than 60 years — is the official switch to a first-to-file from a first-to-invent system.
Janet explains to INOV8 in more detail here, and be sure and check back next week for more breakdown of Gongola’s patent reform overview.