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'Publish and Perish' Forecast Under Patent Reform Act

By Mari Serebrov
Washington Editor

Monday, August 27, 2012

Researchers who have acclimated to a publish-or-perish environment are in for a climate change when the first-to-file provision of the America Invents Act (AIA) settles over the land next March. At the front of that change is the Patent and Trademark Office's (PTO) proposed rule to expand the reach of prior art. If the rule is finalized, researchers who publish too soon before a patent application is filed could see the claims perish.

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