Seminar on patent law changes Tuesday

Bill Parks, an attorney with Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP and the founder and chairman of the Memphis Bar Association’s intellectual property and entertainment law section, will present a seminar to the Memphis business community Feb. 19 explaining the nation’s new patent law requirements that go into effect on March 16.

The seminar will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the McCallum Ballroom in the Bryan Life Center at Rhodes College, 2000 North Parkway. The seminar is free and open to the public.

The America Invents Act Congress passed more than a year ago will create a new first-to-file standard for patent protection, which changes the current and historical first-to-invent standard that grants the patent right to the first person to conceive of an invention. Under the new law, a patent will belong to the first person to file a patent application for a valid invention.

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