Statutory Bars and the AIA’s Grace Period
Learn about certain barring events that require an inventor to file a patent application within a one-year grace period under the 1952 Patent Act and the AIA.
In addition to requiring that a claimed invention be new, section 102 of the Patent Act also seeks to promote the prompt filing of patent applications. The 1952 Patent Act and the AIA achieve this goal in slightly different ways.
I. Statutory Bars under Section 102(b) of the 1952 Patent Act
Section 102(b) of the 1952 Patent Act defines certain events that start a one-year clock, within which an inventor must file...