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Sep 2011
September 20, 2011

Warner partner tells GRBJ that big changes are in store for U.S. patent law

Warner Norcross partner Chuck Burpee talked with the Grand Rapids Business Journal this week on “sweeping changes” recently enacted to the U.S. patent process. Burpee, who chairs the law firm’s Technology and Intellectual Property Group, explained that we have gone from a “first-to-invent” system to a “first-to-file” system, in essence upending 200+ years of U.S. patent law. Burpee tells the Business Journal it will now be more important than ever to “monitor the applications and patents of your competitors in order to see what’s issue and to object” over what might not be a valid invention.

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