Patent Law and the Impact on Research at SNL
A nanoscale circuit at Sandia
Sandia has a long history of publishing research focused on national security and technology innovation. However, scientists and researchers will see changes in the way they disseminate their intellectual property in response to the new first-inventor-to-file system, a patent law in effect March 16 as part of the America Invests Act (AIA) of 2001.
Under the new system, the first inventor to file with the USPTO has the right to the grant of the patent. Though intended to streamline the process, this will mean that researchers must be diligent about IP protection early on during a project. To help scientists and researchers with the change, Sandia is encouraging individuals to talk to their patent attorney before publicly presenting information. Kerry Kampschmidt, Sandia’s chief IP counsel, says “Sandians should get their invention disclosures into Sandia Patent & Licensing Systems (PALS) for review before publication.”
Read more about how Sandia is responding to the new law.
- This article was provided by Sandia National Laboratory. -