Patent Reform PendingJune 13, 2011 – In The News
Gerard Norton was featured in an article by NJBiz Spotlight for his take on the new patent reform bill. The bill would align U.S. patent standards with those of other countries to boost efficiency and reduce litigation surrounding patents, which has some fearing its effects.
“The U.S. is very unique,” said Gerard Norton. “We protect our inventors so that the date of invention can be pushed back earlier than the (patent) filing date. If you lived outside the United States, the date of invention is the date you filed the (patent) application.”
This change is what the bill is aiming for, to move from a "first-to-invent" system to a "first-to-file" system. The bill would also establish a procedure allowing patent-holders to request a re-examination of their patent, which could also reduce litigation. It would also protect the funding of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which has suffered budget cuts in the past few years, resulting in a large backup of patent applications.