The Catholic University of America

Implementation of the America Invents Act

Description: The America Invents Act (AIA), legislation that was signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2011 is widely considered to represent the most significant redo to the U.S. patent system since 1952. Over an 18-month period, the law phases in significant changes to the America’s system of filing and protecting patents. How the law is faring so far was the subject of an expert symposium held on April 19 at The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law. The afternoon panel discussion featured an all-star lineup in the world of patent law. Panelists included the Hon. James D. Smith, chief patent judge, United States Patent and Trademark Office; Janet Gongola, United States Patent and Trademark Office; Joe Matal, Judiciary Committee Counsel to Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ); and Antigone Peyton, Cloudigy Law PLLC. Hon. Ed Damich of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and an adjunct lecturer at the law school moderated the discussion.