In a recent article by retired Chief Judge Paul Michel, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, he cites a series of concerns that challenge the recently passed patent reform bill H.R. 1249. In his commentary he points out that this bill will, in fact add further delays to patent enforcement due to promises the bill cannot deliver.

Michel explains that three different and potentially serial challenge proceedings will lengthen the time to market for a patent, and further burden an already swamped patent office that does not have the capacity to adjudicate both types of post-grant reviews with its limited number of Administrative Patent Judges. States Michel, "In a system already plagued by delays in granting patents, they threaten to delay courts from enforcing patents once finally granted."

Read Paul Michel's opinion piece posted and learn why H.R. 1249 is not good for the small business, the independent and faculty inventor and the American economy at large.

Congress officially passed the America Invents Act on September 8, 2011. This much anticipated legislation represents sweeping changes made for the first time in over a half-century that will impact the future of intellectual property, university research and independent inventor rights. IP Advocate opposed many of its provisions. However, we are now focused on educating faculty and student researchers on its new policies and procedures so you can protect your intellectual property today. We have devoted a special section that chronicles the Road to Patent Reform that features expert commentary, news and resources to keep our community informed.

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