As if out of an episode of Futurama or an H.G. Wells novel, it almost seems otherworldly that people and enterprises of more modest means can finally participate in the patent sector. 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),1 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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