U.S. Patent Laws Have Changed
The First-to-File Provision of the America Invents Act (AIA) Went into Effect March 16, 2013
The AIA has transformed U.S. patent law by, among other changes, transitioning the patent system from a first-to-invent to a first-to-file system. Starting March 16, 2013, U.S. patent rights will be granted to the first to file for a patent, rather than the first to invent the invention, meaning that in the event that two applicants seek to patent an invention the patent would generally be awarded to the first applicant to file. Fortunately, there are ways to help get your application filed as soon as possible. Why a Provisional Application for Patent is a Good Idea.
Because it can take time to develop your invention, oftentimes, the quickest and easiest way to secure a filing date is through a provisional application for patent.