San Diego and Denver Intellectual Property partner Susan Meyer presented the first of three presentations yesterday on the implications for university researchers and university research administrators of the new Patent Act. Yesterday's presentation was at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and was webcasted to other universities throughout the state. A recording will be available.
The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act of 2011 fundamentally revised American patent law. The current practice of granting patent rights to the first inventor will end on March 15, 2013 and thereafter, patent rights will go to the first inventor to file for a patent. Researchers and research administrators will need to understand how the changes will affect their assumptions about disclosure of inventions through publication or otherwise.
In addition to yesterday's program, Susan will give two additional presentations to South Dakota universities, one in Sioux Falls and one in Rapid City, scheduled as follows:
Date: Monday, February 6
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Central time)
Location: FSC1 Room #208, UC Center, Science & Technology Building,4701 N. Career Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD
Date: Tuesday, February 7
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Mountain time)
Location: McKeel Conference Room, SDSMT, Surbeck Center, 501 East St Joseph Street, Rapid City, SD