December 20, 2018 GPSolo | Best of ABA Sections

A Solo’s Adventures in the Patent Microverse

By Justin D. Cotton

After years of being priced out of the process by the high cost of patent filing, prosecution, and legal representation, micro entities—these “garage, workbench, and coffee shop” inventors—can finally afford to pursue patent protection for their works of individual and small business genius. Thanks to the 2011 Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), the patent process suddenly became accessible to an entirely new class of inventor, and, by extension, a new class of patent attorney.

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