Indiana University Bloomington

The America Invents Act: One Year Later

On Friday, September 14, 2012, the Center hosted a conference titled, “The America Invents Act: One Year Later.” The event, which was held at the Whittenberger Auditorium at the Indiana Memorial Union, was kicked-off by Professor Mark Janis. Following Professor Janis’ welcome and opening remarks, Robert Armitage of Eli Lilly shared his reflections on how the AIA has impacted industry and practice.

The first panel session of the day convened at 9:00, and was moderated by John Schaibley of IU Indy. During this session, Professor Jay Thomas (Georgetown) and Dana Colarulli (USPTO Commissioner’s Office) offered their perspectives on the new first-to-file provisions. Professor Jason Rantanen (Iowa) and Nathan Kelley (USPTO) then shared their perspectives on the subjects of supplemental examination and inequitable conduct post-Therasense.

Following a short break, the second panel of the day was convened and moderated by Joshua Larsen (Barnes & Thornburg). During this session, Professor Jay Kesan (Illinois) and Judge Michael Tierney spoke about the subject of post-grant review and inter partes review.

Participants then attended a luncheon held at the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, where USPTO Director David Kappos presented a lunchtime talk about the future of the USPTO.

After lunch, Professor Mark Janis moderated a panel session focused on what the AIA accomplished, and what it omitted. Panelists included Mark Chandler (Cisco), Professor Rochelle Dreyfuss (NYU)Prof. John Duffy (Virginia), Gary Griswold (retired, 3M), Doug Norman (Eli Lilly), John Vaughn (AAU).