Major Change to U.S. Patent Law to be Debated Sept. 9

First to file or first to invent?

 

U.S. patent attorneys Anton Hopen and Mike Colitz will explore the pitfalls, opportunities and implications of the proposed America Invents Act on Friday, Sept. 9 from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. in the Interdisciplinary Research Building (IDR), Oak View Room, 3720 Spectrum Blvd., First Floor, in the USF Research Park in Tampa.

 

The debate is part of a seminar series presented by the USF Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors™ (NAI) and the USF Division of Patents & Licensing. A ResearchOne event sponsored by the Office of Research & Innovation, the seminar is presented free of charge and is open to USF faculty, staff, students and members of the USF Chapter of the NAI. Free parking is available.

 

The America Invents Act is the most dramatic overhaul in U.S. patent laws in sixty years and is currently before the Senate. The United States is the only country in the world that awards patent rights to the inventor that first conceived of an invention and diligently reduced it to practice. Patent rights to ground-breaking technology such as the telephone and laser were determined under this rule. Both House and Senate versions of Patent Reform proposed to award patents rights to the inventor that files his or her patent application first.

 

Anton Hopen is a Registered Patent Attorney with a degree in Interdisciplinary Science from USF and a law degree from UF. He is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Intellectual Property Law and practices at the law firm of Smith and Hopen. He is an honorary member of the National Academy of Inventors™ and founded the USF Young Innovator Competition to encourage technical and scientific creativity in children. Hopen frequently speaks to young students in the public school system on innovation and the rewards of an education in science, technology, engineering and math.

 

Michael J. Colitz, III is a Registered Patent Attorney with an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a law degree from Stetson University. He is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Intellectual Property Law and practices at the law firm of Gray Robinson, P.A. His practice focuses on patent prosecution and intellectual property litigation.

 

While reservations are not required, attendees are asked to RSVP if possible to Lauren Golin at lgolin@usf.edu or 813-974-0102. For questions, contact Lauren Golin.