We have really fantastic attorney (yes, a joke is very tempting here) on the board, Joseph Meyers, Esq, who is very passionate about legal issues affecting biotechnology. We're really lucky to have him, and happy to announce his debut presentation at BUGSS. In his words:
"The US has officially put into effect the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). This legislation has provided patent reform, which will have significant implications to inventions. The presentation will compare and contrast the pre-AIA era embodied by a “first to invent” system to the new “first to file” system that went into effect as of March 16, 2013.
The discussion will address potential implications and dispel misunderstandings of the new system's practical application. Finally, there will be a Q&A intended to help inventors address concerns about their research with the changing landscape of biotechnology."
This is not a live infomercial so common in these kinds of legal discussions. Joseph is genuinely trying to provide a public service by informing the unsuspecting public. To engage in this frank discussion of "first to invent" versus "first to file", please RSVP HERE. Admission is a donation of whatever you deem appropriate for BUGSS to be able to do this kind of thing.
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