The America Invents Act (AIA) will make the US a first-to-file country and end the first-to-invent rule that had been in place, the changes will apply to patent applications with an effective filing date of March 16, 2013 or later.
How will these changes effect inventors? I can tell you one thing everybody is getting worried about invention theft. And inventors are becoming even more reluctant to show non-patented inventions to potential investors even with a nondisclosure agreement.
John Villasenor over at Fast Company has written an interesting article entitled How To Protect Your Company From Invention Theft that discusses the situation and gives a few common sense tips on how a company can protect itself, by safeguarding intellectual property, by not using unencrypted laptops, not forwarding company emails to personal accounts, avoiding careless conversations, and shortening the time that elapses before taking steps to patent. Photo credit: Vincent Besnault/Getty Images