First-to-File (Sec.2)

Changes America's patent system to comply with inferior first-inventor-to-file systems. America is the only country which has a "First to Invent" system, a provision which is crucial to both justice and compliance with the meaning of Article 1 Section 8 of our constitution. This change and be a step towards HARMonizing America's patent system with inferior international patent systems.

The PIA Viewpoint

This provision will not guarantee that the actual inventor will be granted the patent. It creates conditions for very poor prior art, which is the existing knowledge of a similar innovation known to the general public. It burdens examiners with questionable applications by non-inventors. It creates a new malpractice liability for patent practitioners who may not beat another party to the patent office, thereby increasing the potential for litigation.