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Statutory Bar under AIA

posted Jan 18, 2013, 2:19 PM by Robert Crownover
The newly minted 35 U.S.C. § 102(b)(1) under the AIA will create an exception in rather than affirmatively naming prior art. The intricacies of this exception will differ from that of the previous statutory bar under 102(b).

 Patent Act of 1952

 AIA

patented/described in this or foreign country

 disclosed

public use or on sale in this country

disclosed

more than 1 year

1 year or less


Now, the disclosure under the 35 U.S.C. § 102(b)(1) AIA rule refers to the disclosures made under 35 U.S.C. § 102(a). This means that public use or sales anywhere (rather than simply in the US) more than one year, will now be considered prior art. This broadens the previous statutory bar.

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