The PTO’s “Grace Period” for Prior Art Disclosures Under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act

The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”), signed into law on September 16, 2011, has been considered the most significant change to the United States patent system since 1952. Most notably, the AIA changed the U.S. patent system from a “first-to-invent” to “first-to-file” system, in which priority is given to the first inventor(s) to file their patent application. This change, which applies to all patent applications filed on and after March 16, 2013, helped align the U.S. Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – Oct. 24, 2015

Pandora Royalties Pandora Media, the Internet Radio service, announced this week that it had reached a $90 million settlement agreement in a lawsuit over Pandora’s use of pre-1972 recordings. This lawsuit, brought by Capitol Records, Sony, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and ABKO Music, alleged that Pandora had violated New York State law by playing these recordings, as Federal copyright laws only apply to recordings made after 1972. This Pandora settlement is similar to the Continue Reading →