Laws

Bayh-Dole Act

Enacted on December 12, 1980, the Bayh-Dole Act created a uniform patent policy among the many federal agencies that fund research, enabling small businesses and non-profit organizations, including universities, to retain title to inventions made under federally-funded research programs. Discover the tangible impact this legislation has had over the past 30 years.

America Invents Act

On September 16, 2011, the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act was signed into law making significant changes to United States patent practice. Named for its lead sponsors, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX),the Act switches the U.S. patent system from a "first to invent" to a "first inventor to file" system, eliminates interference proceedings, and develops post-grant opposition. Learn more.