Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Merriam Webster defines crowdsourcing as “the practice of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from a large group of people and especially from the online community rather than traditional employees or suppliers.”
Filing a patent application is a key step in protecting the intellectual property of a company. As patent reform under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act becomes effective, the timing of patent application filing becomes even more important because the U.S. is changing from a first-to-invent system to a first-to-file system.
A timeline of key provisions to watch over the next 18 months.