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U.S. Overhauls Patent Law, Eliminates 'First to Invent' Test

2:47 PM MDT | September 16, 2011 | Kara Sissell

President Obama has signed into law changes to the U.S. patent system that major chemical firms say are important steps in streamlining the U.S. patent system and promoting innovation and job creation. The America Invents Act also will remove financial roadblocks that have slowed the patent approval process in the U.S. and stifled competitiveness by making the U.S. system more cumbersome than systems used overseas, industry representatives say. The law removes one of the biggest differences in the U.S.’s patent approval process compared with other...

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