The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act ("AIA"), also known as the latest version of the patent reform bill, was officially signed into law by President Obama on September 16, 2011, after approval by both houses of Congress following years of various versions being proposed. It has been touted as the most sweeping overhaul of the patent laws in more than a half-century and ushered in significant changes – some to harmonize U.S. patent rules with their international counterparts and some to address disparities or shortcomings in the examination and enforcement of U.S. patents. The below overview is provided to address common...
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If I can't discharge my student loans in bankruptcy, what can I do about them?
Believe it or not, it is possible to eliminate your student loans in a bankruptcy. However, as we've discussed before in previous posts, it takes a showing of "undue hardship" to discharge student loans, and that is usually a very difficult process. It's the rarest of exceptions, not the rule, for bankruptcy to eliminate student loans. So if bankruptcy cannot help you with your student loans, what can you do about them? Once you understand that your student loans are here to stay, then you can start evaluating your options for repaying them. And yes, you do have options! Depending upon...
The Only Three U.S. Patents
In the United States, there are three different types of patent grants: a utility patent; a design patent; and a plant patent. A utility patent may be granted for the invention or discovery of any new and useful process, machine, article of manufacture or chemical composition, or for any new and useful improvement of such. A design patent may be granted for a new ornamental design for an article of manufacture, so long as the design is not dictated by functional considerations. Because a utility patent protects the way an invention works and a design patent protects the way an...
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