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How Will the U.S. Biotechnology Industry Benefit from New Patent Laws?

New Rochelle, NY, May 1, 2012—Passage of the America Invents Act into law led to the most dramatic changes in the U.S. patent system in 60 years. These reforms will have a significant impact on technology innovators such as biotechnology-based businesses, as detailed in two articles in Industrial Biotechnology, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. The articles are available free online on the Industrial Biotechnology website.

“Industrial biotechnology companies rely heavily on their patents to attract investment to fund the research and development necessary to bring innovative products to consumers. Strong intellectual property protection is critical for these companies,” says Brent Erickson, Consulting Editor of Industrial Biotechnology and Executive Vice President, Industrial & Environmental Section, Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), Washington, DC. “The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act will strengthen America’s patent system and drive job growth throughout our economy. The improvements made by the bill will benefit all sectors of the national economy by enhancing patent quality and the efficiency, objectivity, predictability and transparency of the U.S. patent system. Companies will benefit from the improvements to our nation’s patent system made by this legislation.”

One of the most critical and far-reaching features of the America Invents Act (AIA) that will affect all U.S. patent applications filed on or after March 16, 2013 is the change from a “first-to-invent” to a “first-inventor-to-file” system. Technology specialists Tiffany Reiter, PhD and Erin Baker, PhD, and principal patent attorney J. Peter Fasse, Fish & Richardson (Boston, MA), provide a comprehensive review of the new system, describing its implications and exceptions. The authors clearly illustrate how pending and future patent applications will be affected by the new law in the article “The America Invents Act and Its Importance to Patent Prosecution in the Biotech Sector.”

Sandra Thompson, JD, PhD, a specialist in intellectual property law at Buchalter Nemer (Irvine, CA), clarifies come common misunderstandings related to the new first-to-file system as well as other aspects of the AIA. In the article “The America Invents Act and Your Biotech-Based Business,” Dr. Thompson explains which aspects of the AIA went into effect immediately and which will be put into practice gradually over an 18-month period, and why this knowledge is crucial for companies developing novel products and technologies.

About the Journal
Industrial Biotechnology, led by Co-Editors-in-Chief Larry Walker, PhD, and Glenn Nedwin, PhD, MBA, is an authoritative journal focused on biobased industrial and environmental products and processes, published bimonthly in print and online. The Journal reports on the science, business, and policy developments of the emerging global bioeconomy, including biobased production of energy and fuels, chemicals, materials, and consumer goods. The articles published include critically reviewed original research in all related sciences (biology, biochemistry, chemical and process engineering, agriculture), in addition to expert commentary on current policy, funding, markets, business, legal issues, and science trends. Industrial Biotechnology offers the premier forum bridging basic research and R&D with later-stage commercialization for sustainable biobased industrial and environmental applications.

About the Company
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. is a privately held, fully integrated media company known for establishing authoritative peer-reviewed journals in many promising areas of science and biomedical research, including Environmental Engineering Science and Sustainability: The Journal of Record. Its biotechnology trade magazine, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN), was the first in its field and is today the industry’s most widely read publication worldwide. A complete list of the firm’s 70 journals, books, and newsmagazines is available at Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.