Since President Obama signed the America Invents Act (AIA) in September 2011, people with even a passing interest or remote connection to the patent system have had March 16, 2013 circled on their calendar. The United States Patent System has been turned on its head, with some proclaiming victory. Common sentiments are that the law brings U.S.
I review many of the published research or research-focused press releases and news articles coming from UNH. As a publicly funded state institution, I recognize that publishing research and disseminating information is not only the faculty’s highest concerns, but also UNH’s top priority. However, commercializing UNH’s innovations is an integral part of the University’s long-term mission.
Admittedly, the title is a little “cheese ball” but the past two weeks have been a whirlwind of activity in the Office for Research Partnerships and Commercialization (ORPC) as staff members have been involved in numerous events that promote the visibility and mission of our office.
Since the formulation of the patent system with the adoption of the United States Constitution in 1787, the U.S. has focused on awarding a patent to the first inventor to invent. Recently in 2011, President Obama signed into law the America Invents Act (AIA) that changes the preexisting first-to-invent system into a first-inventor-to-file structure. This was an effort to harmonize the U.S. patent system with the European and other patent systems around the world that already use the first-to-file structure.