By Scott A. McKeown
| January 15, 2013
President Enacts AIA Technical Fix into Law
As reported yesterday by Politico, the President signed a series of bills into law, including H.R. 6621. As a reminder, Congressperson Lamar Smith (R-Tx) sponsored H.R. 6621 to correct several “technical” aspects of the America Invents Act (AIA). The primary technical correction of the Bill is the elimination of the 9 month dead zone that was inadvertently created for newly issued, first to invent patents relative to their availability for Inter Partes Review (IPR). As the technical amendment was enacted into law yesterday, the post grant dead zone has been eliminated.